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Snowflake in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Snowflake Monument

Justin Fairbanks, sculptor

 
 
The Snowflake Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
1. The Snowflake Monument Marker
Inscription. A new pioneer settlement was begun on July 21, 1878, when William J. Flake and his wives Lucy and Prudence led five families, their wagons and livestock into this valley. Lucy Flake described the scene as "a beautiful place" with "clear water" and "hills covered with green grass." Within weeks, destitute families began drifting in. Friends and strangers shared the small four-room adobe home sold to Flake with the land, and worked to harvest the crops on the newly purchased ranch.

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 site and purchased the cattle ranch on Silver Creek.

After hearing Flake's report, Elder Snow praised him for his efforts. He suggested they name the growing settlement "Snow-Flake,"
The Snowflake Monument Marker and Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
2. The Snowflake Monument Marker and Monument
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 holding her daughter Roberta, William J. Flake, and Erastus Snow. Additional person in carriage is L. John Nuttail, historian.
 
Erected 2000 by the
The Snowflake Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
3. The Snowflake Monument
Jesse N. Smith (standing by carriage), Ira Hinckley (seated in carriage), Lucy Flake holding her daughter Roberta, William J. Flake, and Erastus Snow. Additional person in carriage is L. John Nuttail, historian.
Snowflake Heritage Foundation and funded by the generous donations of townspeople and descendants of the pioneers.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is on the southwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Snowflake AZ 85937, United States of America.
 
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).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 747 times since then and 53 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.
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