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Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Flagstaff Flag - Raising

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
1. Flagstaff Flag-Raising Marker
Inscription. Historians generally agree that Flagstaff derives its name from a flag-raising ceremony held July 4, 1876, by a group of settlers from New England who were camped within sight of this historic monument.

In February and May of 1876, two groups of settlers left Boston and traveled westward, intent upon establishing a colony in the valley of the Colorado Chiquito (Little Colorado River) near present-day Winslow. Known as the first and second Boston parties, these colonist had been lured by second-hand tales of the fertile farm lands, healthful climate, and vast mineral resources of northern Arizona. Upon arriving at the Little Colorado River, the first Boston party found the area already occupied by Mormon settlers from Utah. Disappointed by the presence of the Mormons and disillusioned by the lack of farming land, the scarcity of water, and the harsh climate, the settlers continued westward toward the San Francisco Peaks and Prescott.

By early July, the second Boston party had reached present-day Flagstaff and was camped near this monument, an area then known as the McMillan Ranch. In observance of the nation's Centennial, the settlers cut down a tall pine tree, trimmed off its branches, attached a flag, and raised the flagstaff. On the morning of July 4, 1876, an appropriate patriotic ceremony was held.

The
Flagstaff Flag-Raising Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
2. Flagstaff Flag-Raising Marker
Close-up photo of marker text.
flag carried by the second Boston party was packed in anticipation of the need to celebrate the nation's Centennial somewhere in the frontier wilderness. The United States flag in 1876 had thirty-seven stars laid out in rows numbering 8-7-7-7-8. Before the standardization that came with mass production, American flags varied greatly in size, fabric, color shades, and in the arrangement of the stars. One type of flag in use in 1876 is illustrated below:
 
Erected 1985 by City of Flagstaff.
 
Location. 35° 12.473′ N, 111° 39.248′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is on North Thorpe Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in Thorpe Park. Marker is in this post office area: Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); Church of the Nativity (approx. 0.6 miles away); Walkway of Flags (approx. 0.6 miles away); Weatherford Hotel (approx. 0.7 miles away); Flagstaff (approx. 0.7 miles away); Flagstaff's Founding (approx. 0.7 miles away); Telephone Exchange (approx. mile away); Logging Wheels (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Flagstaff.
 
More about this marker.
Flagstaff Flag-Raising Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
3. Flagstaff Flag-Raising Marker
Illustration Displayed on Marker - Illustration by Louise Waller.
Markers are mounted on the stone base of the flagpole.
 
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Flagstaff Flag-Raising Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
4. Flagstaff Flag-Raising Monument
Flagstaff Historical Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
5. Flagstaff Historical Monument
Dedicated July 4, 1985, by Governor Bruce Babbitt to honor the Boston settlers of 1876 whose patriotic spirit gave our city its name

List of City officials, monument committees, Eagle Scouts and major donors
 
 
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