Around Yavapai County: Celebrating Arizona’s Centennial by Nancy Burgess and Karen Despain on behalf of the Yavapai County Arizona Centennial Committee, is an Images of America book published by Arcadia Publishing in September, 2011. The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country using archival photographs.
The concept of the book was to invite historical societies, museums and individuals to contribute both text and images for their respective communities to be included in the book. Ash Fork, Beaver Creek/Rimrock/McGuireville, Bagdad, Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Chino Valley, Clarkdale, Congress, Cordes, Cottonwood, Crown King, Dewey-Humboldt, Mayer, Jerome, Prescott, Prescott Valley, the Prescott National Forest, the Yavapai-Prescott and Yavapai-Apache tribes, Sedona, Seligman and Skull Valley are all represented in Around Yavapai County: Celebrating Arizona’s Centennial. Hopefully, this book will inspire readers to get out and investigate this great County and all of things there are to learn, see and do in the celebration of Arizona’s centennial. In doing so, the Yavapai County Arizona Centennial Committee hopes that residents and visitors alike to Yavapai County will come away with a better understanding and appreciation for the intrinsic value of our history and its effect on the lives of all Arizonans. Those communities which were unable to participate ares still mentioned.
Contributors to the book include authors, in addition to Nancy Burgess and Karen Despain (authors and editors), Parker Anderson, Steve Ayers, Dewey Born, Kelly Cordes, Robert Cothern, Bill Cowan, Jean Cross, Jim Eaton, Michael King, Anthony Nelson and the Crown King Historical Society, Vincent Randall, Janis Ann Sterling and Rita Wuehrmann. Other contributors included various historical societies in Yavapai County and the Town of Prescott Valley. Many of the images were provided by Sharlot Hall Museum.
One hundred ninety eight historic images illustrate the stories of Yavapai County. The introduction, by Janis Ann Sterling, Chairman of the Yavapai County Arizona Centennial Committee, gives a synopsis of the content and purpose of the book. Ten chapters, starting with a chapter entitled “A Driving Tour Around Yavapai County” introduce the reader to the history of Yavapai County and the many communities, large and small, which make up the the thriving, growing county of Yavapai. The county is divided up into regions, with nearby communities presented together. Each chapter is richly illustrated with period photographs and informative captions. The last three chapters present a brief history of the Prescott National Forest, the Yavapai-Prescott and Yavapai-Apache tribes.
The book is available in local bookstores, museum gift shops and at other retailers throughout the county and will be available at the Last Minute Stocking Stuffer’s Bazaar at the Prescott Activity Center on East Gurley Street in Prescott on December 17th. It retails for $21.99.