Historic Sedona

Historic Sedona (HM2G90)

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N 34° 52.071', W 111° 45.724'

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First Settlers

The first Anglo settler in Sedona was John James Thompson in 1876. He had the advantage of finding an abandoned Yavapai garden, still bearing crops, hence the name "Indian Gardens" in Oak Creek Canyon. Three years later, the family of Abraham James arrived. Thompson had been an acquaintance of James in Utah and he married James'daughter, Margaret.

A few more settlers came to the Oak Creek Canyon area in 1880s and 1890s, including Jesse "Bear" Howard, Stephen Purtymun, Frank Owenby, Juan Armijo, Jack Robinson, John L.V. Thomas, William Dyer, Henry Schuerman, Charles Willard, and John H.Lee. They settled along Oak Creek, one of the few streams in Arizona that runs all year.

These early settlers lived a precarious existence, hunting, fishing, and farming a few acres to keep food on the table.
HM NumberHM2G90
Placed BySedona Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, April 29th, 2019 at 2:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 430347 N 3858653
Decimal Degrees34.86785000, -111.76206667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 52.071', W 111° 45.724'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 52' 4.2599999999999" N, 111° 45' 43.44" W
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