• Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum

    Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum


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    About Us

    The Mission of the Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum is to provide an engaging museum experience rich in stories and artifacts while professionally stewarding our historical collections and building a sustainable organization for the future. Our vision is preserving the spirit of Clarkdale by illuminating the past.

    Our focus is the Verde Valley...primarily Clarkdale and its establishment by William Andrews Clark in 1912. Holdings include original records of the company-owned town of Clarkdale (1912-1957), blueprints of many of the residences and buildings, cemetery records for Clarkdale, Cottonwood, and Jerome, photographs, artifacts, and oral histories from many long-time residents.

    Please join us in this important mission by becoming a member, donating items related to Clarkdale's history, or by making a tax deductible donation. Benefits of membership include a 10% discount on all items in our bookstore and news of upcoming events.

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    • Clarkdale is a unique example of a "company" mining town. It was planned, owned and developed by Wm Andrews Clark.
    • Senator Clark bought the United Verde Copper mine in Jerome, AZ, in 1888 after failed mining efforts of others.
    • By 1912 a new smelter for the mining operation was needed; construction began next door in Clarkdale.
    • Join us today on a journey through the culture and history of Clarkdale, a uniquely preserved company mining town.


    Senator William Andrews Clark, founder of Clarkdale
    Town of Clarkdale in early 20th century
    United Verde Copper Company train
    Historic Main Street Clarkdale
    The Town Park, part of the planned company town
    Golf Course, complete with causeway across the Verde River
    Museum Bookstore, many autographed copies in stock.
    Main Street Cafe
    William A. Clark Exhibit, The Town That Clark Built
    Paul Handverger's Geological display