The Cottonwood Hotel is the closest hotel to Clarkdale
The Cottonwood Hotel is the closest hotel to the small town of Clarkdale. There are no hotels or motels within the town limits of Clarkdale, Arizona. The Cottonwood Hotel is located in Old Town (downtown) Cottonwood which borders Clarkdale town limits. The Verde Canyon Railway (Train Ride) is just a 3-mile straight shot from the Cottonwood Hotel and just 1 mile from the ASIS Massage Education School & Workshops.
Cottonwood Hotel, circa 1917
The street/road from Old Town Cottonwood to Clarkdale is the same road as historic route 89A. It also called Main Street in Cottonwood and S. Broadway outside Clarkdale town limits and then back to Main St within Clarkdale town limits. Both Cottonwood and Clarkdale are a part of the Verde Valley in Yavapai county.
The Tuzigoot National Monument, is just 1 mile west of the Cottonwood Hotel and 2 miles east of Clarkdale.
Shortly before 11 am on June 21, 1928, two armed men - Willard Forrester and Earl Nelson - entered the Bank of Arizona in downtown and robbed $50,000. Willard Forrester was shot and killed.
Clarkdale surving bank robber Earl Nelson... had several alias's. He went by the name Paul Hoffman (when he was in the Matt Kimes gang, sometime involved with the Ma Barker boys), He used the name Claude Shriver when he stayed in Cottonwood, AZ at the Cottonwood Hotel and bought a car. The real Claude Shriver might have been a relative, he was from the same parts of OK... Other alias: Joe Stanley, Horace Lee, and the later Earl Nelson... Real name: Lee Forrester... yes, he was the brother to Willard Forrester who was shot and killed in Clarkdale. Lee (Earl Nelson) busted out of prison several times.