The City of Cottonwood is located adjacent to the Verde River at elevations ranging from 3,300 feet to 3,900 feet above sea level and experiences a mild climate which, together with its proximity to an abundance of natural amenities such as the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Tuzigoot National Monument and the historic mining communities of Clarkdale and Jerome, continues to attract steady growth and tourism.
The City of Cottonwood incorporated in 1960. During this period area roads were improved, particularly the Highway 89A “Bypass” and SR 260 to serve the needs of the Phoenix Cement Plant located in Clarkdale. This facility supplied the cement for the Glen Canyon Dam project near Page. During the early 1970s about 4,500 lots were platted outside the Cottonwood City Limits by Ned Warren – the Queen Creek Land and Cattle Company. These lots, known as Verde Village, have limited infrastructure but have been built upon over time and few vacant parcels remain today. With road development and an increasingly large residential base, commercial development moved south from Old Town to SR89A intersections at Main Street and at SR260 during the 1970s and 1980s.
Recently Cottonwood has experienced a major expansion with Verde Valley Medical Center, developments of new residential projects and many commercial and office projects. The downtown area has had a huge resurgence in growth centered around tourism, the wine industry and fine dining. This is one of nicest areas to go walk, check out unique giftshops and antique stores and then sip on a glass of great locally made and grown wine.
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