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Watson Lake (Prescott) by Michael Wilson
Quick! What's the capital of Arizona? If you guessed Phoenix, you are correct, but did you know Chino Valley was the first Territorial Capital of Arizona? It was a short time in the spotlight though. In May of 1864, only five months into Chino Valley's run, Governor Goodwin decided to move the capital to Prescott.
Another fun fact about Chino Valley's history: US Army Cavalry Lt. Amiel Whipple named the valley. He called it “chino,” which is the Spanish name for the curly grass that was abundant throughout the area when he travelled through in the 1850s.
Chino Valley's mild climate, more than 300 days of sunshine a year, and an abundant supply of clean water make it ideal for vegetation. Residents enjoy tulips in the spring and corn and squash in the summer. They celebrate their summer bounty with the annual corn dinner and dance each Labor Day.
Of course, year-round locals and visitors alike enjoy hiking, and swimming, as well as shopping in the local retail districts that offer art, boutiques, sporting goods, antiques, and more.
Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce | PO Box 419 | Chino Valley, AZ | www.chinovalley.org/tourism.html | www.chinovalley.org/tourism.html
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