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The History of Sedona
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    • The Jim Thompson cabin, early 1880s

    • The Jim Thompson cabin, early 1880s
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • In 1912, Jim took another homestead of about 56 acres adjoining his original. As his children matured he helped some of them homestead near him. His daughter, Clara, married before she proved up and was not allowed to take title so she...
    • The Jim and Maggie Thompson family

    • The Jim and Maggie Thompson family
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • After settling in the canyon, Jim wrote to the Abraham James family, who he had met at the Colorado River. Knowing they had a 'marriage age' daughter, he invited them to leave Nevada and join him in Arizona. After the James family moved to the...
    • The Jim Thompson cabin

    • The Jim Thompson cabin
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • In 1912, Jim took another homestead of about 56 acres adjoining his original. As his children matured, he helped some of them homestead near him. His daughter, Clara, married before she proved up and was not allowed to take title so she...
    • The Thompson family in front of house

    • The Thompson family in front of house
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • The Thompson family consisted of seven sons and two daughters. All nine of the siblings lived to adulthood, which was unusual in those days. The youngest child was 6 years old when Jim died and Maggie was left to raise her large family alone.
    • The Thompsons with William Munds

    • The Thompsons with William Munds
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • Neighbors were few and far between in those earliest days of settlement. The Munds homesteaded in Spring Creek and he moved his cattle to the mountain in the summer. This rare chance for these 'neighbors' to be together was commemorated with a...
    • Frank Thompson

    • Frank Thompson
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • Jim & Maggie's first child was a boy named John Franklin, born in 1882. Little Frank had the distinction of being the first white child born in Oak Creek Canyon. As an adult, Frank homesteaded on a dry farm in what is now known as Uptown Sedona,...
    • The Abraham James family

    • The Abraham James family
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • The Abraham James family moved to lower Oak Creek (Page Springs) in 1878 and then to Sedona in 1879. Land was not being surveyed yet, so they could only claim 'squatters rights' on the creekside site they chose in 1879. They were the first to...
    • The James' place along Oak Creek, about 1890

    • The James' place along Oak Creek, about 1890
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • The Jameses built cabins, a corral and a ditch on their land (today's Copper Cliffs). Unfortunately, Abraham did not live to enjoy the property, dying in 1881. His widow, Elizabeth Jane (Ragsdale) James, and son, Bill, lived there but did not...
    • Bear Howard's cabin

    • Bear Howard's cabin
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • After breaking out of a California jail for shooting a sheep-herder, Bear Howard came to Arizona territory - Oak Creek Canyon. He lived near his daughter and son-in-law, the Steven Purtymuns, for years before being caught and returned to jail. ...
    • Bear Howard made a living as a hunter

    • Bear Howard made a living as a hunter
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • Howard gained a reputation as an accomplished bear hunter. He sold bear meat to Flagstaff butcher shops. He also was a trapper and raised horses and mules. The widow, Margaret James, married him briefly but apparently didn't like being the wife...
    • The Purtymun family with grandpa Bear Howard

    • The Purtymun family with grandpa Bear Howard
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • The Purtymuns moved into Oak Creek Canyon (today Junipine) in the early 1880s. Again they cleared the land. They built a large log house and an irrigation ditch and planted a fruit orchard. In the early 1900s, Steven and Martha divorced and he...
    • Jess Purtymun in his cave kitchen

    • Jess Purtymun in his cave kitchen
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • Early Oak Creek housing options were limited and primitive at best. A cave in the side of Oak Creek Canyon provided Jess, Steven and Martha's son, a place to live for awhile. Other families lived in tents, tenthouses or log cabins.
    • Oak Creek first families and friends picnic at Banjo Bill Springs

    • Oak Creek first families and friends picnic at Banjo Bill Springs
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • Picnics on the Fourth of July have long been a tradition for residents of Oak Creek Canyon. Times like these were for the scattered residents to get together and swap stories and socialize. For young people, picnics were a chance to meet each...
    • Heinrich and Dorette Schuerman

    • Heinrich and Dorette Schuerman
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • The Schuermans came to Oak Creek in 1884 to take possession of a 160 acre farm deeded to them in payment of a $500 debt. These two 'city kids' built an irrigation ditch, planted an orchard and a vineyard and became successful in their new...
    • The Schuerman House at Red Rock before it burned

    • The Schuerman House at Red Rock before it burned
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • The Schuermans lived in a nice wood home that stood on their new property when they arrived. Unfortunately, it burned down in 1900 with all their possessions except a few pieces of old furniture and a few things from Dorette's trousseau. To...
    • Frank & Nancy Owenby

    • Frank & Nancy Owenby
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • The Owenbys arrived from Texas in 1893 to homestead along the west side of Oak Creek, where the bridge crosses today. Their first filing was found to be in error so they had to re-file. They were the first in Sedona to 'patent' their homestead...
    • The Manual Chavez family

    • The Manual Chavez family
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • When Juan Nuanez's American citizenship was questioned, he sent for his father-in-law, Manual Chavez, to take the place Juan had been homesteading along Oak Creek. Chavez lost his rights to homestead again after he gave Nuanez's land back to him,...
    • Manuel Chavez was a scout for the Army

    • Manuel Chavez was a scout for the Army
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • Manuel Chavez was entitled to a pension from the U.S. Government because of his service as a military scout. When the government didn't hold up their end of the arrangement, at age 70, Chavez rode alone on horseback from Sedona to St. Johns,...
    • Ambrosio and Marcellina Armijo

    • Ambrosio and Marcellina Armijo
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • Juan Armijo was a friend of the Chavez family who came to Oak Creek to homestead. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace at the Red Rock precinct and performed marriages, among other tasks. His son, Ambrosio, also homesteaded in Red Rock when he...
    • First families' children at school, approximately 1893

    • First families' children at school, approximately 1893
    • Unknown
    • Pioneers--Arizona--Sedona
    • The first class of students at the first school in the area was representative of the few families living up and down the creek. It was not unlike a classroom today with its ethnic mix. Back row: Erwin Schuerman, Sarah Huckaby, Jim Huckaby,...

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