What Do Mae West, John Wayne, Elvis, and Cottonwood AZ Have in Common?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

Mae West

Cottonwood Arizona - The Biggest Little City in Arizona 

What Do Mae West, John Wayne, Burt Lancaster & Elvis Presley Have Common With Cottonwood?

It was the 1800's and the land rush was on in Northern Arizona.  Farmers & ranchers were looking for land to start a new life. The Verde Valley looked promising, so many settled in the area.  

Other people were looking to establish businesses and homes in the area to support these settlers.  They decided to establish the town we know as  Cottonwood today. Cottonwood got its name from the (Cottonwood) trees that line the Verde River behind the historical Sheriff's Office and Jail. stone jail building

In the early 1900s, other more unsavory characters, who were driven out of the company (mining) towns such as Clarkdale, decided to give Cottonwood ago.  The town developed a reputation of lawlessness even though there was a strong foundation of law-abiding families.  

Then Prohibition hit the nation and Cottonwood was no exception other than the fact that they developed some of the best bootlegging in Arizona.  The bootleggers in and around Cottonwood were some of the best and they were known far and wide.  People came as far away as Phoenix and Los Angeles.  

Enter Mae West! Before Mae was famous, she spent much of her time on what is Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood.  She was known in every Speak-Easy in the area.  Her Hollywood character was developed long before she ever hit the big screen.  Others who spent their downtime in Cottonwood include John Wayne, Burt Lancaster, and Elvis Presley. Irrigation Waterway from Verde river

The City of Cottonwood took on a large project to refurbish the Old Town area and make it an attractive place with unique stores and great wine tasting rooms and eateries. Today it is a fun place to go to stroll the Main Street and check out all the shops while tasting a little of the flavor of the Old West. 

Cottonwood is not far from Sedona about a 20-minute drive but it has a couple of the key big block storefronts. Super Wal-Mart and Home Depot are located kitty-corner to the main intersection of SR 89A and SR 260.  There is also a major Regional (Verde Valley) Medical Center. This gives support to a lot of doctor offices and other medical facilities nearby.

 

Cottonwood Market Update*

 

The Cottonwood real estate market has a Median List Price of $409,949 and 14 days on market.  The current inventory is 36 homes and there is a Strong Seller's Market Action Index of 74. 

Other Cottonwood Old Town Pictures

Antique Store

Old 1950's Gas Station

 

Antiques

Stone Building

Main Street Cottonwood Arizona

Old Town Cottonwood Arizona Main Street

*Subject to change on a weekly basis - current info - July 19, 2021

Cottonwood  AZ Historical References (Cottonwood Hotel)

 

Comments (66)

Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I love this line!

 they developed some of the best bootlegging in Arizona.  

Jul 22, 2021 06:07 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Sheri
This is the best introduction to a Market Report ever!  Thanks for the history of Cottonwood. I need to put that on my To-Do List for my next visit to the Phoenix and Sedona areas.

Jul 22, 2021 06:34 AM
Matt Brady
Finance Of America - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Lenders

I really love the old Sedona gas station photo.

Jul 22, 2021 10:59 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thanks for stopping by Ginger Harper - Happy Thursday!

Jul 22, 2021 02:24 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Miriam Odegard - I am glad you had a chance to see Cottonwood AZ featured!

Jul 22, 2021 02:25 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Lise Howe - LOL!  It's just my opinion but I think this is why Mae West enjoyed it so much. 

Jul 22, 2021 02:26 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Carol Williams - Thank you! Visiting Main Street Cottonwood and Jerome make for a really nice addition to vacation. 

Jul 22, 2021 02:28 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Matt Brady - It is set up as a 50's Diner as a great theme restaurant. 

Jul 22, 2021 02:29 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is an interesting story to share.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 23, 2021 08:49 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow  Sheri, thanks for sharing this great blog with us here in the Rain.  Love the gas station and old car photo also.

 

Jul 23, 2021 10:56 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy Kelley - Have a wonderful weekend!

Jul 23, 2021 02:37 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Will Hamm - It is a very cool area and as Old Town Main Street fits in with good ole Americana.

Jul 23, 2021 02:39 PM
Greg Mona
eXp Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

Hi Sheri. It's so wonderful you put the spotlight on (not so) little Cottonwood, AZ! It's one of my favorite destinations in our state and a true hidden gem! An absolute "must see"!

Jul 23, 2021 02:43 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

What a great post! I have spent some time in AZ but  never heard of Cottonwood AZ

You certainly have made me want to go check it out! Very Nice!! Thank you!

Jul 24, 2021 12:51 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

thank you Roy Kelley Happy Sunday!

Jul 25, 2021 11:42 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Matt Brady - I am going to have to go and have lunch there.  I am embarrassed to say I have passed by it countless times. 

Jul 25, 2021 11:44 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Greg Mona - I am glad you feel the same as I do, especially in the Main St. area. 

Jul 25, 2021 11:45 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debra Leisek - I am glad I could shed some light on Cottonwood AZ for you!  Happy Sunday!

Jul 25, 2021 11:47 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love this post!  Such interesting history for Cottonwood!  Thank you for sharing ;) 

Jul 28, 2021 10:42 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday afternoon, Sheri.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 29, 2021 10:10 AM