{wickenburg} how it came to be

July 1, 2012

Long before Wickenburg was filled with cowboys and miners looking to strike it rich, the western Yavapai lived in the region hunting small game, gathering wild plants, and planting crops along what they named the Haseyamo River. By the 1820s, Anglo-American mountain men started to arrive and by the 1860s, farmers and ranchers that moved north from Sonora, Mexico and miners from the East also started to live in the area. Eventually, a lack of resources and an executive order by President Grant forced the Yavapai onto reservations and away from their native lands.

In 1863, Wickenburg was formally established with a post office and named after miner Henry Wickeburg who discovered gold in the Vulture Mine the year before. Soon, the mines ran their course, but the railways that had been established remained, which meant Wickenburg continued to be an important stop on the railroads going west to California.

Welcome to Wickenburg!

Henry Wickenburg

Everett Bowman, who established what became the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association

Essentially Wickenburg


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