Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Flagstaﬀ Flag - Raising
In February and May of 1876, two groups of settlers left Boston and traveled westward, intent upon establishing a colony in the valley of the Colorado Chiquito (Little Colorado River) near present-day Winslow. Known as the first and second Boston parties, these colonist had been lured by second-hand tales of the fertile farm lands, healthful climate, and vast mineral resources of northern Arizona. Upon arriving at the Little Colorado River, the first Boston party found the area already occupied by Mormon settlers from Utah. Disappointed by the presence of the Mormons and disillusioned by the lack of farming land, the scarcity of water, and the harsh climate, the settlers continued westward toward the San Francisco Peaks and Prescott.
By early July, the second Boston party had reached present-day Flagstaff and was camped near this monument, an area then known as the McMillan Ranch. In observance of the nation's Centennial, the settlers cut down a tall pine tree, trimmed off its branches, attached a flag, and raised the flagstaff. On the morning of July 4, 1876, an appropriate patriotic ceremony was held.
Erected 1985 by City of Flagstaff.
Location. 35° 12.473′ N, 111° 39.248′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is on North Thorpe Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Thorpe Park. Marker is in this post office area: Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); Church of the Nativity (approx. 0.6 miles away); Walkway of Flags (approx. 0.6 miles away); Weatherford Hotel (approx. 0.7 miles away); Flagstaff (approx. 0.7 miles away); Flagstaff's Founding (approx. 0.7 miles away); Telephone Exchange (approx. ¾ mile away); Logging Wheels (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flagstaff.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,221 times since then and 126 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 21, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.