Sedona Property Values by Padraic Hawley
Padraic Hawley

Cottonwood Real Estate Analysis

As with other communities in the Verde Valley, the City shares a rich and lengthy history. The region has long been home to Native Americans, particularly the Sinaugua and later the Yavapai and Apache. The first Anglo settlers in the area farmed and provided goods for the soldiers at Camp Verde and for the miners in Jerome beginning in the late 1870’s. William Clark and Jimmy Douglas developed major smelters and the mining communities of Clarkdale (1912) and Clemenceau (1917), respectively. Clemenceau, located near the intersection of Willard Street and Mingus Avenue was a complete company town with thousands of residents, a school and other community facilities. Today, few people recognize the size and complexity of the original “Smelter City”.

During this period, mining companies that closely regulated commerce, industry, employment and even housing opportunities administered Jerome, Clarkdale and Clemenceau.

Old Town Cottonwood became a haven for those seeking to be free from the prejudice and regulation of nearby company towns. Main Street was created 1908 when Charles Stemmer and Alonzo Mason used a mule team to pull and drag through brush. The Mason Addition, Willard Addition, Hopkins Ranch No. 2 and other tracts were platted during the next decade coinciding with the development of Clemenceau on higher ground about one mile to the south.

The Clemenceau smelter closed on December 31, 1936 with a great loss of jobs and disruption to the area’s economy. The Cottonwood Women’s Club organized to feed those in need and raised money to build the Cottonwood Civic Center (1939) with labor provided through the Works Progress Administration. The copper industry continued its decline culminating with the closure of the Phelps Dodge operation in the 1950’s. Population plummeted in the region as the mining industry declined. Jerome’s population declined from about 8,000 to nearly 0, while Clarkdale went from nearly 4,000 to several hundred.

Walk Score for Cottonwood

Cottonwood School Data

Cottonwood School Districts

American Heritage Academy
Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary District
Mingus Union High School District
Accelerated Learning Charter School Inc.
New Visions Academy Inc.
A Center For Creative Education
Arizona Upgrade Academy Inc.
Valley Academy For Career And Technology Education

Cottonwood Schools

Accelerated Learning Charter School
PK-8, charter
American Heritage Academy
K-12, charter
Cottonwood Elementary School
3-5, public
Cottonwood Middle School
6-8, public
Dr Daniel Bright Elementary School
PK-2, public
Excel Education Centers – Cottonwood
9-12, charter
Mingus Union High School
9-12, public
Montezuma School
n/a, private
Verde Valley Christian School
PK-5, private
Verde Valley Seventh-Day Adventist School
3-8, private
Cornerstone Christian Academy
7, 9-11, private
New Visions Academy
9-12, charter
Verde Valley Montessori School – A Center For Crea
K-6, charter
Tavasci Elementary School
K-8, public
Arizona Upgrade Academy
5-12, charter
Vacte – Clarkdale Jerome School District
9-12, public
Vacte – Cottonwood-Oak Creek Unified School Distri
9-12, public
Vacte – Mingus Union High School
9-12, public
Vacte – Valley Academy For Career And Technology E
9-12, public
St. Joseph Catholic Grade School
PK-8, private
Arizona International School
K-12, public
Mountain View Preparatory
K-8, charter
Mingus Online Academy
8-12, public
Arizona Izone Institute
K-12, public
St Joseph Catholic Montessori
PK-8, private