About AshFork

This part of Arizona has been inhabited for at least ten thousand years. To the west were the Sinagua natives who farmed close to what is now Flagstaff. To the east lived the Patayan people, near the Colorado River. The Havasupai and the Hualapai people later lived along the Grand Canyon area.Although Arizona was part of the Spanish Colonial Empire, the region was never settled by them. Francisco Vélez Escalante, a Spanish missionary explored the area in 1775. Mexico received the territory when it won its independence (1821) from Spain and later ceded it to the U.S. after its defeat in the 1846-48 war.

In some early 1900 maps and even in the 1951 Shell Road Map, it appears as “Ashfork” (one word).The town was named after the place where the three forks of Ash Creek met. And the creek got its name from the ash trees growing there.In Norse Mythology, the first man, Askr, was formed from an ash.

The Navajo in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico were subdued by the late 1870s and settlers moved into the area. Trade sprung up between Williams and the copper mines at Jerome, and Ash Creek was on the main road of the freight carts.The Navajo in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico were subdued by the late 1870s and settlers moved into the area. Trade sprung up between Williams and the copper mines at Jerome, and Ash Creek was on the main road of the freight carts.


Flagstone Capital

Flagstone is a variety of sandstone used for paving patios, walkways, and building facades. The word comes from Old Norse (flaga) and means slab or chip.The Arizona House of Representatives officially named it the “Flagstone Capital of the World” in 2001.The relocation of the railroad 10 miles to the north of town in 1960 led to a loss of population and the 1977 fire wiped away many of the downtown buildings. It was followed by the 1987 fire which burned the business district along Route 66. Many icons of the classic Route 66 days have been lost, but there is still plenty to see.Route 66 in the town was bypassed by I-40 in 1970. we at Ash Fork Land have other info please call.

 

Lodging Near Ash Fork

along Route 66
Heading East…. Hotels In Arizona
19 miles. Williams
42 miles. Bellemont
53 miles. Flagstaff motels
77 miles. Twin Arrows
110 miles. Winslow
144 miles. Holbrook
190 miles. Chambers
Heading West…
23 miles. Seligman
61 miles. Peach Springs Resort

94 miles. Kingman
West, in California Motels:
159 miles Hotels and Motels in Needles
Accommodation Nearby..
25 mi from Kingman, Yucca
29 mi from Flagstaff Sedona lodging
30 mi from Williams Valle
52 mi from Williams Tusayan
Grand Canyon Region Hotels
Close to Route 66 …
130 miles. Laughlin Nevada
133 miles. Bullhead City Arizona
142 miles. Mojave City Arizona

ashfork community and climate

The community of Ash Fork started as a stage depot under a group of ash trees at the fork of Ash Creek. The arrival of the railroad in 1882 changed the economy of the area, and mining interest in nearby Jerome resulted in a road between the two cities. The original town burned down in 1893 and was rebuilt on the opposite side of the tracks where it presently stands.The town offers services to both passing tourists and year-round residents alike. Unlike other towns that “disappeared” when I-40 was opened, Ash Fork still has restaurants, motels, and other service-oriented businesses. Located at the important junction of I-40 and State Route 89, Ash Fork is still the “Flagstone Capital of the World” and is growing today!

The Ash Fork K-12 School System is on a 4-day week schedule and offers the advantages of small-sized classrooms.Ash Fork’s climate and location in beautiful Northern Arizona make it a perfect location for retirement, semi-retirement, or working residents. Fifty miles to the east and “up the hill” in Flagstaff, the city of seven wonders. Seventy miles northeast is the Grand Canyon, and of course the lush Verde Valley and the old time charm of Prescott, the county seat of Yavapai County, are both just 50 miles away.

ASH FORK TOURIST CENTER

Office: (928) 637-0204
Home: (928) 637-2245
P.O. Box 494, Ash Fork, AZ 86320

ashfork@azcentral.com

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