Historic Sedona

Historic Sedona (HM2G96)

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N 34° 52.079', W 111° 45.738'

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Grasshopper Flat

It is said that the area now known as West Sedona was originally known as Copple Flat, named for B.F. Copple who was an early settler in Oak Creek Canyon. He arrived in 1875 but did not stay long. After he left the area, the flat became known for the grasshoppers that thrived there and were caught for bait by fisherman on their way to Oak Creek.

Henry Elmer Cook arrived in Grasshopper Flat in 1922 and staked a claim to a 160 acre homestead. In 1929 his son Jay homesteaded another 160 acres. The Cooks were builders and masons and built many of Sedona's native rock buildings. In the 1940s, the Cooks started to sell their land to retirees and others who were discovering Sedona. Businesses for the new residents and visitors appeared. Jay Cook built a small motel and grocery. The Gibsons built a rock home and gas station that later became the 'famous' Rainbow's End.

In the 1940s, Fanny Gulick amassed considerable acreage on Grasshopper Flat. She had made her money with a gold strike in Nevada and a rooming house for miners, said by some to have actually been a bordello. Fanny recognized that a lack of water on her land devalued it, so in 1947 she hired Carl Williams who sank a deep well and came up with water. Available water opened Grasshopper Flat for development.
HM NumberHM2G96
Placed BySedona Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, April 29th, 2019 at 2:05pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 430326 N 3858668
Decimal Degrees34.86798333, -111.76230000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 52.079', W 111° 45.738'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 52' 4.74" N, 111° 45' 44.28" W
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