Snowflake in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Snowflake Monument
Justin Fairbanks, sculptor
This monument portrays a trailside meeting in September 1878, which resulted in the naming of Snowflake. William J. Flake and part of his family were traveling north in a wagon to sell wool and purchase Utah cattle. (Prudence remained at home for health reasons.) Near what is now Winslow, they crossed paths with the carriage of Erastus Snow, a Mormon leader assigned to direct colonization efforts in Arizona.
Flake gave an accounting to Elder Snow of failed attempts to establish settlements along the Little Colorado River. After enduring much hardship and the death of a young son, Flake sought a better
After hearing Flake's report, Elder Snow praised him for his efforts. He suggested they name the growing settlement "Snow-Flake," and plans were made to establish a permanent town. Following their meeting, Snow and his traveling companions, Ira Hinckley and Jesse N. Smith, visited Flake's ranch and helped survey and lay out the townsite.
Though this roadside meeting was brief, it would impact generations to come. Jesse N. Smith was called to move his family to Snowflake, where he served as a prominent church and civic leader for nearly three decades.
As more pioneers arrived, schools were established, irrigation systems built, and beautiful brick homes erected. This monument pays tribute to each man, woman, and child who sacrificed to build this community which is endeared in the hearts of thousands of their descendants through the world.
This monument was sponsored by the Snowflake Heritage Foundation and funded by the generous donations of townspeople and descendants of the pioneers. It was dedicated on July 21, 2000 by LDS Church Apostle James E. Faust, acting in behalf of LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, grandson of Ira Hinckley.
Jesse N. Smith (standing by carriage), Ira Hinckley (seated in carriage), Lucy Flake
Erected 2000 by the Snowflake Heritage Foundation and funded by the generous donations of townspeople and descendants of the pioneers.
Topics. This historical marker and monument is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1836.
Location. 34° 30.625′ N, 110° 4.748′ W. Marker is in Snowflake, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and West 1st Street North, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street. Marker is on the southwest corner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Snowflake AZ 85937, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jesse Nathaniel Smith (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hatch Bros. General Store (approx. 3.2 miles away); A.Z. Palmer and Sons (approx. 3.2 miles away); G. & D. Hatch Mercantile (approx. 3.2 miles away); Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (approx. 3.2 miles away); Shumway Schoolhouse (approx. 7.2 miles away); The Mauretta B. Thomas Pinedale Memorial Bridge (approx. 16.8 miles away); Pinedale School Bell (approx. 17.1 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,032 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 8, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.