Almost Speechless Sunday - A Look Back To Sedona in 1976

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

A Look Back To 1976 Sedona

Then & Now

Sedona toward the "y" 1976

There were very few paved roads in Sedona

The 1970s saw a boom in the sale of property by farmers and ranchers.  Resorts and satellite businesses that supported the tourist industry started picking up this land.

SR 89A Sedona Toward the Y -

Current SR 89A from around the same spot as the 1976 image.

Close up near the "Y" with Coldwell Banker Sedona on the right.

A closer look at the "Y"

Coldwell Banker Sedona is the first building on the right with blue trim.

Snoopy Rock from the Cottage at Coffeepot

This is Snoopy Rock.  He is laying on his dog house and Woodstock is on his snout!

This image was taken with a 400mm zoom lens from my house.

Coldwell Banker Roundabout

The "Y" is now a Figure 8 which is 2 roundabouts about 1/2 block apart. It is still called the "Y".   Coldwell Banker Realty is the first building on the right when you are going east from West Sedona into the Uptown Business District.

Uptown District Road Divider

Sedona continues to improve traffic control to eliminate jams.  This decorative center divider was installed the entire way through the Uptown business district.  Three roundabouts were added and also controlled crosswalks.

Coffeepot Trail - Soldiers Pass

Anywhere you go you will find views and more views and the roads are paved! Sedona is the second most popular destination in Arizona behind the Grand Canyon with over 3 million visitors a year.  This trail is a 5-minute walk from my house.

Comments (18)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri it was just the other day as far as I am concerned... seriously I remember in the late 1990's selling a house and the owner was an older lady and she moved to Sedona and bought a house... She rented it out for a year and then the tenant moved out.... then I sold her house....loved your post going from memory lane to the present, Endre

May 22, 2022 04:52 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Sheri -I love before and after pictures, especially of towns and cities!  Your colorful pictures are always stunning. 

May 22, 2022 05:14 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® that is a huge change in that period of time


May 22, 2022 05:25 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are amazing photos, Sheri.  And, I see Snoopy is still there!

May 22, 2022 05:26 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I'll bet those dirt roads were quite hazardous when the rains came.  Your scenery is breath taking on a normal day.

May 22, 2022 05:27 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Sheri, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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May 22, 2022 05:27 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love the before and after photos. Interesting how things change with the passage of time. Beautiful area for a trail in the last photo!

May 23, 2022 05:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Sheri... I was in Sedona once, but back in the late 1980's. This was a fun read. Reminds me a bit of how Charlotte has also grown in the past 40-50 years. I always love seeing old pictures and comparing what was then to what is now.

May 23, 2022 05:41 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri & Rick, it is funny looking back at the photos from decades ago and see what it is today!  

May 23, 2022 08:04 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

What a wonderful look back to the way things were, I always enjoy doing that from time to time.

May 24, 2022 05:41 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  What a great explanation of the growth of Sedona every picture tells a story . Beautifully done!

May 24, 2022 08:48 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Seeing that old photo, I wonder if my family may have driven though there once in the 70s. I visited once about 17 years ago and loved it.

May 24, 2022 09:04 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Oh Sheri, I so enjoyed your post today and Sedona Now and Then. It's so amazing to remember when and then look back at how things used to be!

May 24, 2022 12:45 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Sheri, for this interesting post and your beautiful photographs.

May 25, 2022 08:43 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheri:

What a fun look back in time! Thank you for sharing such beauty in your photos!


May 25, 2022 08:16 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Sheri - those are such beautiful pictures.  Sedona has become such a popular place.  Should have bought land in the 1970's.

May 25, 2022 08:32 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rick & Sheri, I remember 89A very well coming down from Flagstaff!   Great old photos! 

May 28, 2022 06:30 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Sheri, your photos always are so rich with deep vibrant colors.  Thank you for sharing. m

Jun 03, 2022 03:20 AM