Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum

Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum


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About Us

Through its collections, public programs, and preservation activities, the mission of CHSM is to foster a deep understanding and appreciation of Clarkdale's and the region's rich history as well as support economic development and contribute to a higher quality of life for its citizens.

Clarkdale, Arizona's first master-planned community, is nationally recognized for preserving and celebrating its rich history as a fundamental part of its identity, economic development and quality of life.

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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