In 1876, the first white settlers arrived in the Verde Valley. By 1902, there were still only 20 families due to the remoteness of the area. In a few years, a postal station was opened by T.C. Schnebly, who began delivering the mail.Ê His wife's name was Sedona.Ê In her honor he named his new post office, Sedona.Ê In the 1950's, many artists were drawn by the beauty of the area, included surrealist, Max Ernst. Local artists organized the Cowboy Artists of America in Sedona in 1965.
The settling of Sedona: 1876
The founding of Sedona: 1902
The incorporation date of Sedona is 1988 .
The population of Sedona is approximately 15,500 (1995) and the approximate number of families is 4,658 . As of 2003 the population is well over 20,00 and growing rapidly.
The amount of land area in Sedona is 50.89 sq. kilometers.
Sedona location: 120 miles north of Phoenix
Sedona average annual rainfall is 17.15 (precipitation) inches per year.
The average low temperature is 45.7 degrees F. The average high temperature is 74.4 degrees F.
Sedona elevation is 4,400 feet above sea level.
There are two Sedona landmarks, which were created by men, but destined to be forever associated with the city and area of Sedona.The first is: Chapel of The Holy Cross, a church described as "a spiritual fortress," "rising like a shrine out of the desert." It was completed in 1956. The second is:Tlaquepaque, a 4 1/2 acre enclave of authentic-looking colonial Mexican buildings, with nature preserved.The architects built around the sycamores, cypress, and other trees.Tlaquepaque is a center for art, which is art in itself. In December, its "Festival of Lights" celebrates the Christmas Season with candle lit luminaries spaced throughout the area.
When the archeologists discovered Palatki, most of us had never heard of it. When it was vandalized a few years ago, many of us wondered what we had been missing. Palatki is the "archaeological remains of native cultures that have inhabited the Verde Valley for at least the past 6000 years. Found here are cliff dwellings constructed by the Southern Sinagua people, who inhabited the area from about 650 A.D. to around 1300 A.D. Palatki (Hopi for 'red house') is home to one of these dwellings, sheltered in a Supai sandstone overhang." About Palatki tells us more. It is located near us. Time to give our 4-wheel drive truck some action. Here is more information: How to get to Palatki There is even a detailed map. And, please note that every third Sunday there is a special reason for visiting the site. As for those early inhabitants; Where Did They Go?
Sedona has become an artists' showcase and home for creative effort. Few homes do not exhibit works by one or more artists.The Cowboy Artists became a reality when it was founded over a few beers one night in 1965 in the Oak Creek Tavern of Sedona. Joe Beeler, one of its founders, lives and works in Sedona. It's rumored he continues to paint and sculpt in his Sedona studio. In 1987, Sedona was no longer a village with modest ambition. It had become a city with a plan for growth. However, along with the growth came problems with traffic, pollution, and sewer management!
In 1995, a sculpture of Sedona, the pioneer, was unveiled and dedicated, to stand in front of the new Sedona Library. Its artist, Susan Kliewer, created the work using Sedona's granddaughter, Lisa Schnebly Heidinger, as her model.
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