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The Legacy Project - Beaver Creek AZ Centennial
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Please help celebrate Beaver Creek’s Legacy Project Echoes from the Verde Confluence
and Arizona’s Centennial by sharing a few of your favorite memories, stories, pictures
or artifacts on Beaver Creek’s Rimrock, McGuireville and Lake Montezuma community
history. Contact Nancy Rowland at Nancy_Rowland@BeaverCreekAZ.org or Steve Ayers
at the Camp Verde Bugle (928 567-4101) to submit photos, writings or share an oral
The Beaver Creek Legacy Project
The title of the Legacy Project is Echoes from the Verde Confluence, captures the
rich history of the area once known as Lower Verde through the process of digital
storytelling. Digital stories are typically short vignettes, composed of narration
and voice-over, combined with video footage, still photographs, and graphics.
...Since the Legacy Project first began a year ago, it has grown in both size and
scope. The group doing the planning, now known as the Verde Confluence Centennial
Committee, includes students from the Camp Verde and Beaver Creek school districts,
area charter schools, and numerous partners.
"It's getting huge," says Shirley Brinkman, president of the historical society and
a member of the centennial committee. "The level of enthusiasm seems to go up a notch
or two every month.
"What sets the project apart is that it has crossed many lines, both between the
Camp Verde and Beaver Creek communities and the Yavapai-Apache Nation, and perhaps
most importantly, across generational lines. I hope it instills a desire among a
new generation to keep our story alive."
Among the partners are Yavapai College, Yavapai-Apache Nation, National Park Service,
Arizona State Parks, Camp Verde Historical Society, Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce,
Beaver Creek Kiwanis and the Beaver Creek Regional Council and The Bugle.
The committee recently received a $2,400 donation from the National Park Service
for video equipment and scholarships for students to attend digital workshops provided
by Yavapai College's Zaki Gordon Film Institute faculty.
The public is invited to participate in the project, either by producing a digital
story or by supporting those who are. For more information contact the Nancy Rowland
- at Nancy_Rowland@BeaverCreekAZ.org or The Bugle office at (928) 567-4101
The Camp Verde Bugle - 10/4/2010 8:17:00 AM
AZ Centennial project growing in size and scope
By Steve Ayers
On February 14th 2012, Arizona will reach its 100th Anniversary of statehood. Beaver
Creek’s participation in the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project will accurately portray
a significant aspect of Beaver Creek’s history in an educational, entertaining and
Timeline settlement of Beaver Creek:
The Hohokam settled the area around Montezuma Well, and irrigated 60 acres of surrounding
The Sinagua arrived in the 1200s ~
The first Spanish explorers came to the area in the late 1500s ~
Miners looking for work represented the next wave of settlers in the Beaver Creek
By The Banks of Beaver Creek
Til Lightbourn & Mary Lyons
The Lake Montezuma Women’s Civic Club - History Committee published a history of
our area in the form of the 1989 LMWCC Copyrighted book, “By the Banks of Beaver
It was a three-year project encompassing personal interviews, review of resource
materials and related stories of the past. It is not a documentary; it is mostly
The second printing of this book was in 2000 and all the monies received from the
book sales were donated to the Montezuma/Rimrock Fire Department.
A History of
By Jack Beckman
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Robert Finnie, a local miner, marries a Flagstaff socialite by the name of Miss Flora
Weatherford, and has two children. Virginia Finnie, their daughter, married Romaine
Lowdermilk, and started up the Rimrock Guest c. 1928 Ranch on the family homestead.
They ushered in the era of the dude ranches in the Beaver Creek area, and founded
the Rimrock Post Office—and the community name of Rimrock.
Early settlers of Beaver Creek:
Wales Arnold is considered to be the first pioneer to settle along the banks of
Beaver Creek in 1870. Soon after his arrival, settlers flooded into the area—especially
after the forced
relocation of the Yavapai and Apache tribes to the San Carlos Reservation 200 miles
away. Prominent settlers in the area include the Casners, the Finnies, Schroeders,
the Back family, the Chestnuts, and the Griscoms.
Lew King and Associates originally began the subdivision of the Bell Ranch. Though
Lake Montezuma had some difficult formative years, it has transformed itself into
a close community centered around its golf course. The Ranch House is a historic
focal point for the entire Beaver Creek area
The Beaver Creek area has a long and rich history, extending into the days of the
Hohokam in the 600s. Montezuma Well is a national monument honoring these
prehistoric settlers. Early pioneer settlement centered around agriculture and ranching
Creek. The Bice and McGuire families also settled the area, lending their names
in the overall community. The Rimrock Guest Ranch founded the area’s first post
office, which led to
Rimrock as a community identifier. Lake Montezuma is the area’s first sub-division