“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Safford in Graham County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Safford City Hall


Safford City Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 19, 2010
1. Safford City Hall Marker
Photo on marker clearly shows the bell tower mentioned in marker text.
Inscription. Safford City Hall started life as a school building. Safford School System bids for the North Ward School were opened in February 1898. The contract was awarded to R. A. Smith Jr. and John Morris. The new building was ready for the fall term in September. The cost was $5,400.

The brick walls are 18 inch on the lower level and 13 inch on the top floor. It featured a galvanized roof with iron detailing and a large bell tower. There were two 24 by 35 foot rooms on each floor with a wide hallway running between them. Single seats were provided for 250 students.

In February 1940, Safford passed a $40,000 bond issue to acquire block 42 from Safford Schools. The grounds and building were purchased for $24,000. The balance was for a "new town hall".

H. O. Jaasted, a Tucson architect, completed plans to renovate the building in December 1941. World War II caused the work to be put off "indefinitely". The vacant building housed the Red Cross, Rationing Board, Jr. Chamber of Commerce, the Welfare Office and more. During this period, Safford acquired a number of utility companies and those offices were located in the "Municipal Utility" building.

The City sold the 612 5th Avenue Town Hall and Fire Station to J. Green for $11,000 in July 1951. Plans were made for a new fire station on block 42. In November
Safford City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 19, 2010
2. Safford City Hall
of 1951, the Fire Department moved into their new facility. The town clerk, city building inspector, police and judge moved into the first floor of the "Municipal Utility" building. The building then became known as the new City Hall.

The exterior remodel was designed and completed by September 1957. H. O. Jested was the architect with Talley and Sons as general contractor. A new flat roof, windows, door repairs, plaster, paint and decorative front pilasters were completed for $18,500.

This structure is not listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of the significant renovations.
Erected by City of Safford.
Location. 32° 49.968′ N, 109° 42.931′ W. Marker is in Safford, Arizona, in Graham County. Marker is on West Main Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 717 West Main Street, Safford AZ 85546, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Graham County Courthouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arizona Bank & Trust Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mormon Pioneers' Arrival in Salt Lake Valley - Sesquicentennial Plaque (approx.
Plaque to the Left of the Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 19, 2010
3. Plaque to the Left of the Entrance
In appreciation of the services of those men upon whom the citizens of the town of Safford placed the responsibility for the construction of the
Safford Municipal Water System
Constructed 1936 – 1939
F. P. Misak – Mayor
G.D. Burney • Grant Curtis • L.F. Long • Andy A. Blake • Vearl A. Lines • Joe Howowitz
J.D. Merrill Attorney • Jesse A. Udall Attorney • G.A. Rhoads Water Supt. • F.B. Jacobson Clerk • A.A. Weiland Engineer
Fisher Construction Co. Contract No.1
Distribution System
E.K Ferguson Sons Co. Contract No.2
Bonita Caρon System
Arizona Concrete Co. Contract No.3
Solomonville — Thatcher System
0.3 miles away); Womans Club of Safford (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Gila Valley (approx. 2.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Spencer W. Kimball Childhood Home (approx. 2.7 miles away); Solomon (approx. 5 miles away); Gila Valley Bank (approx. 5.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Safford.
Categories. GovernmentNotable Buildings
Plaque to Right of Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 19, 2010
4. Plaque to Right of Entrance
Bonita Creek
City of Stafford
Water Collection System
Erected by Citizens indebted to God for the pure waters of
Bonita Creek
Grateful to the dedicated leaders of the community, past and present, who have demonstrated leadership and foresight by planning and constructing the water collection system in Bonita Creek for the beneficial use of all.

Mayor of the City of Stafford
Van Talley

Council Members
J.T. Cotter • Joseph Hughes • Edwin Ragland • Chance Eaton • Meg Jensen • Warren Williams

Ronald J. Jacobson, City Manager • Michael R. Squire, Utilities Operations Superintendent • Kent McRae, Utilities Engineer • Erick Buckley, Harry Williams, Construction Superintendents
Construction by City of Safford Utility Staff

Rededicated September 1995
Funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency, Arizona Division of Emergency Management, and the City of Safford
Safford City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 19, 2010
5. Safford City Hall
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