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

The Final Frontier

The Final Frontier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 17, 2016
1. The Final Frontier Marker
Inscription. In a parched and rugged land, Fredonia is a welcome oasis for residents and travelers. Mormon pioneers drawn to area springs settled here to begin farming and ranching in 1885. But water, like many resources on the Arizona Strip, was scarce. Cisterns and ditchwater kept the town alive until the 1940's when piped-in water first became available.

In 1956, Fredonia became the first incorporated community on the Arizona Strip. Arland Brooksby was the first mayor in 1956. Still thriving after over one hundred years, Fredonia is a testament to the strength and resourcefulness of those willing to cope with life on the frontier. The Paiute name for Fredonia is "Atsika," meaning place where hunters dehorned their deer.

Fawn Farming
Fredonians took on a unique but unsuccessful fundraising project in the 1920's raising fawns for the government to restock certain areas. The young fawns were caught and brought to town where they were fed on canned milk. Allen Judd remembers "when the fawns were big enough to fend for themselves, the government shipped them out in a big airplane in padded crates; however, once the fawns were set free, they were not able to survive very well. Therefore, the project was discontinued."

Roll 'em
The dramatic backdrop of the Vermilion Cliffs may look familiar if you're
The Final Frontier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 17, 2016
2. The Final Frontier Marker
a western movie buff. Many films and TV programs, including Maverick, Death Valley Days and the 1950's version of Last of the Mohicans have been made in and around Fredonia.
Location. 36° 57.76′ N, 112° 31.555′ W. Marker is in Fredonia, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 89A at milepost 610.5, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at the Fredonia Rest Area and Welcome Center. Marker is in this post office area: Fredonia AZ 86022, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Log Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredonia Centennial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Pipe Springs National Monument (approx. 1.4 miles away); Prickly Pears and Pinion Nuts (approx. 1.4 miles away); Kanab Forts (approx. 3 miles away in Utah); Bowman-Chamberlain House (approx. 5.8 miles away in Utah); Andrew Prine (approx. 5.8 miles away in Utah); Dennis Weaver (approx. 5.8 miles away in Utah). Click for a list of all markers in Fredonia.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 122 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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