Historical Markers in
Coconino County, Arizona

1956 Grand Canyon TWA-United Airlines Aviation Accident Site 1956 Plane Crash Mass Grave and Memorial 42-Inch Reflecting Telescope A Community Sharing the Land A Complex Community A Days Work A Gathering Place A Legacy of the Past A Ribbon of Life A Time of Change A Trail, a Camp, and a "Hermit" A Village/Abandonment Adam's Grocery Albright Training Center History An Efficient Design Ancient Illusion Ancient Landscapes Arizona's First Woolen Mill Arizonal Trail - A Tribute to Dale Shewalter As Powerful as a Volcano Aubineau / Andreatos Building Aubineau Building Babbitt Brothers Building Babbitt-Polson Building Battle of Big Dry Wash Beale Road Beale Wagon Road Bill Williams Mountain Black and White Cleaners Blacksmith Shop Box Canyon Ruins Bright Angel Lodge Bright Angel Lodge Bright Angel Trail Buckey O'Neill Cabin Buffalo Park Bureau of Reclamation Memorial Fountain Bushmaster Park Caboose Jake 017 Cameron Carl Richards' Garage CCC Legacy Changes to Come Chapel of the Holy Cross, 1956 Charles H. Spencer “Paddlewheel” Steamboat Church of the Nativity Citizens Bank Clark Dome Weather Station Cliff Homes and Canyon Life Coconino Chop House Colonel Claude Hale Birdseye Colorado River Storage Project / Glen Canyon Dam Community Concrete Bucket / Concrete Core Sample Crossing of the Fathers Crowe-McCoy Building Daily Life Departure Dime Store Dinosaur Tracks Dominguez y Escalante Expedition Donahue Building Down Memory Lane Downtowner Dry Land Farming Duffy Brothers Grocery Store Early Explorer El Tovar El Tovar Hotel El Tovar Hotel Emma Dean Federal Building / Flagstaff's Fifth Post Office Flagstaff Flagstaff Flag - Raising Flagstaff Presbyterian, Federated Community, Mexican Methodist Mission and United Methodist Churches Flagstaff's Founding Flagstaff's Third Post Office Fredonia Centennial From Canvas to Castles From Ocean to Alcove Fruit Packing House General Crook Trail General Crook Trail Geological Infant Glen Canyon Bridge / Cableways Glen Canyon Dam Grand Canyon Depot Grand Canyon Drug Company Grand Canyon Lodge Grand Canyon Lodge, 1928-1932 Grand Canyon Lodge, A Legacy Rebuilt Grand Canyon Village Grandview, 1898 Hart Pump House Henry Lee Giclas Hermit Camp Hermit Road Hermit's Rest Historic Kolb Studio Historic Log Cabin Hopi House Hopi House Horace M. Albright Hydroelectric Power - A Green and Renewable Energy Source Impossible Canyons Indian Gardens Intake Structures Jacob Lake Lookout Tower Jacob Lake Ranger Station John Deering Jordan Farmhouse Jordan Sales Building Jordan Tractor Shed Kaibab Squirrel Area Kaibab Trail Suspension Bridge Kolb Studio Lebsch Confectionery Lee Ferry Lee's Ferry Lee's Ferry Lewis Nez Life and Landscape Transformed Logging Wheels Lookout Studio Lowell Observatory Major John Wesley Powell Marble Canyon Lodge McMillan Building Meteor City Trading Post, Winslow, Arizona Methodist Episcopal Church Migration is not abandonment. Mining on Horseshoe Mesa Mission 66 Mormon Dairy Mule Barns Mules and the Canyon Museum Club, Flagstaff, Arizona Nalakihu Navajo Bridge Navajo Bridge Navajo Bridge Erection Toggle Screw / Navajo Bridge Old Parlor Pool Hall Old Post Office Orchards (1890 - 1970) Orphan Mine Pipe Springs National Monument Pollock Building Prickly Pears and Pinion Nuts Problem Solving Pushmataha, 1960 Railroad Depot Raymond Building Red Cross Garage Rest House Ricket & Brooks Bldg. Rittenhouse Haberdashery Rock Bolts / High Scaling Rollie's Camera Room Functions Route 66 Santa Fe Depot Santa Fe Railway Freight Depot Saurischia Dinosaur Tracks Spanish Discovery Stephen Tyng Mather Sultana Theater Summer Home Sunset Crater Volcano Telegraph Office Telephone Exchange Tension and Harmony Tetzlaff Building The Ballcourt The Best Section The Birth of a Mountain The Blowhole The Cabinet Saloon The Citadel / Natural Features The Final Frontier "The Gandy Dancer" The Hart Store, 1926 The Historic Basque Handball Court The Historic Dixie-Long Valley, Utah Pioneer Trail The Lawrence Lowell Telescope The Navajo Code Talkers The Old Tractor "The Peaks" The Perfect Shelter The Power to Symbolize The Quest for Water The Sinagua The Tusayan Lookout Tree The Watchtower The "World Famous" Sultana Theodore Roosevelt Tragedy Remembered Trans-Canyon Telephone Line Transcontinental Railroad Centennial Turbine Runner Tusayan Museum and Ruin Tusayan Ruin Trail Two Spots USFS Range House Van Deren Ranch Verkamp Building Verkamp's Curios Vermilion Cliffs National Monument Votes for Women Walkway of Flags Weatherford Hotel Welcome to Williams What Happened Here? Where Were The Fields? Wicket Gates William Sherley Williams Williams, Arizona Wukoki
Arizona was the last contiguous state to join the Union: Arizona became the 48th state in the US on February 14, 1912. It was the last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the Union.
Coconino County, located in northern Arizona, has a rich history that spans centuries. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Navajo, Hopi, and Havasupai, who relied on the natural resources and landscape for their livelihoods. The first Europeans to explore the county were Spanish explorers in the 16th century, followed by fur trappers and traders in the 1800s.

In 1851, Fort Whipple was established in what is now Coconino County, becoming an important outpost during the Indian Wars. The arrival of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in the 1880s led to the growth of settlements in the area, including Flagstaff, which became the county seat in 1891. The railroad brought opportunities for trade and tourism and played a crucial role in the county's development.

Coconino County is home to several significant landmarks. The Grand Canyon, located in the county's northern part, has been a natural wonder and a major tourist attraction since its discovery by European explorers. In the early 20th century, the construction of Route 66, a famed highway that stretched from Chicago to California, passed through Coconino County, bringing with it even more travelers and commerce.

Today, Coconino County continues to thrive as a diverse and vibrant region. It is recognized for its stunning natural beauty, including the Grand Canyon, as well as its ecological diversity, encompassing forests, plateaus, and deserts. The county also holds a strong cultural presence with a mix of Native American, Western, and Hispanic influences. Whether it's exploring the breathtaking landscapes or experiencing its rich heritage, Coconino County offers visitors a glimpse into the history and beauty of Arizona.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Coconino County, Arizona.

  • 1871: Coconino County established and named after the Coconino Native American tribe.
  • 1878: Flagstaff becomes the county seat.
  • 1882: Grand Canyon National Park established.
  • 1895: First permanent settlement in Sedona.
  • 1901: Arizona State Normal School (now Northern Arizona University) founded in Flagstaff.
  • 1918: Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff discovers Pluto.
  • 1920: First all-weather road connects Flagstaff to Grand Canyon.
  • 1930s: Construction of Hoover Dam brings jobs to the region.
  • 1956: Glen Canyon Dam completed in Page, creating Lake Powell.
  • 2000: Coconino Community College opens in Flagstaff.