Overgaard in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
How Long Has It Been?
This valley was once filled with homes...
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They built cabins and corrals for their cattle. They cleared the land and planted corn, potatoes, wheat, squash, melons, and popcorn.
Sadie once described her new home..."as the prettiest place you ever dreamed of. It was built in the shade of the pine trees, in a little cove, and on each side of the house grew large grapevines, and those grapes made the most delicious jelly. Mmmm! Little winding paths led to the spring in the side of the creek that was hidden by a large Button Willow that grew at the side of it and shaded it by the tall grass that bent over the spring! The sun never shone on the spring and the water was as cold as anybody could want to drink."
Sadie and her family remained for two more years. Her husband was frequently away on mission leaving Sadie at age 17 to care for 2 small children, the farm, the cattle and the family finances.
Half of the residents left Wilford 2 years later with the enforcement of the Edmund's Bill. Arrests were made for
Gradually, Hashknife cowboys and others took over the abandoned cabins. Their large numbers of cattle stripped the once lush valley. The cowboys managed to frighten away all of the remaining Mormon settlers, but the town of Wilford wasn't completely abandoned until 1926.
Journey Through Time
Erected by Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
Location. 34° 21.863′ N, 110° 38.735′ W. Marker is in Overgaard, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker can be reached from Black Canyon Road, on the left when traveling north. Black Canyon Road can be accessed from Highway 260. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Overgaard AZ 85933, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Imagine Yourself Here Some Nine Hundred Years Ago (approx. 1.2 miles away); Can You Read the Rocks....? (approx. 2.4 miles away); Travel on a Journey Through Time... (approx. 3.9 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 466 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 15, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.