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Sedona in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

First Settlers

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Historic Sedona Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 26, 2019
1. Historic Sedona Marker
Inscription.  The first Anglo settler in Sedona was John James Thompson in 1876. He had the advantage of finding an abandoned Yavapai garden, still bearing crops, hence the name "Indian Gardens" in Oak Creek Canyon. Three years later, the family of Abraham James arrived. Thompson had been an acquaintance of James in Utah and he married James'daughter, Margaret.

A few more settlers came to the Oak Creek Canyon area in 1880s and 1890s, including Jesse "Bear" Howard, Stephen Purtymun, Frank Owenby, Juan Armijo, Jack Robinson, John L.V. Thomas, William Dyer, Henry Schuerman, Charles Willard, and John H.Lee. They settled along Oak Creek, one of the few streams in Arizona that runs all year.

These early settlers lived a precarious existence, hunting, fishing, and farming a few acres to keep food on the table.
 
Erected by Sedona Historical Society.
 
Location. 34° 52.071′ N, 111° 45.724′ W. Marker is in Sedona, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker can be reached from Hwy 89A. Touch for map. Located along the wall within a

Historic Sedona Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 26, 2019
2. Historic Sedona Marker
outdoor mall called The Shops at Hyatt Piñon Pointe. Next to Wildflower Shop (A2-3) at the end. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 N Hwy 89A, Sedona AZ 86336, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roads (here, next to this marker); Sedona Fire & Police Departments (a few steps from this marker); Jessie "Bear" Howard (a few steps from this marker); Grasshopper Flat (within shouting distance of this marker); Cowboys (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sinagua (within shouting distance of this marker); Heart of Sedona (within shouting distance of this marker); The First School (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sedona.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Bear Howard's Cabin - circa. 1890 image. Click for full size.
circa 1890
3. Bear Howard's Cabin - circa. 1890
J.J. Thompson's original cabins were built on the east side of Oak Creek image. Click for full size.
4. J.J. Thompson's original cabins were built on the east side of Oak Creek
The Thomson Family - circa. 1905 image. Click for full size.
circa 1905
5. The Thomson Family - circa. 1905
Streams that runs thru Indian Gardens image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, November 12, 2007
6. Streams that runs thru Indian Gardens
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2019, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 28, 2019, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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