CLICK HERE For Bootleggin' Tour Scavenger Hunt Sponsors & Specials An Activity during the OTA Sizzlin' Salsa Event
SIZZLIN' SALSA May 7th, 2011
Salsa Tasting, Music, Dancers, Kids Bike Parade & Bike Stunt Contest, Food & Drink Specials
BOOTLEGGIN' TOUR & Raffle
Promoting Sensible Drinking & Cottonwood’s History In Celebration of National Homebrew Day & National Historic Preservation Month You don't need to drink over your limit to have a good time!
Bootlegging whiskey, wine, beer and other spirits was BIG business in Cottonwood during the Prohibition years of (1915-1933). Pool halls lined Main Street with secret pubs in the rear, (which other towns referred to as ‘speakeasies’), while bottled alcohol lined the walls, cellars and connecting underground tunnels. What wasn’t a pool hall, was a confectionary or general mercantile store that supplied large quantities of sugar and other supplies needed in making the finest spirits within hundreds of miles. In between the pool halls and general stores were clustered automobile dealers housing sales, service, parts, and gasoline along with the best auto mechanics. Cottonwood hit the syndicated news around the country for their new ingenious ways of attaching special tanks on automobiles to smuggle booze! These specialized automobiles were also souped up, so the bootleggers could out-run the law during their rum-running expeditions to California and across Mexico borders. (the beginning of NASCAR). Cottonwood not only had renown Arizona ‘Bootlegger Kings’, but also an infamous local tin-maker, who made some of the largest stills in the nation, which were uncovered during raids here in Cottonwood and hauled off to the Yavapai County Court House in Prescott..
Today, CottonwoodHistoric Commercial District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, holding onto the title of “the Biggest Little Town in the State of Arizona.” Main Street in Old Town is lined with over a dozen establishments serving alcohol, where you can enjoy a good handcrafted beer, wine tasting, or a specialty drink. Main Street also boast some of the finest restaurants, cafes, most eclectic shops and galleries, and unique historic lodging.
By participating in the Old Town Bootleggin’ Tour, as you stroll Main Street, look for the flyers in the windows. You will learn more about Cottonwood’s history and some of its historical contributing elements to what makes the Cottonwood Historic Commercial District special! Please enjoy our town and tell other family and friends to include us, when visiting Historic Places in Arizona!
2nd Saturday of Every Month in Old Town Historic Home & Building Tour Time: 1-4pm Location: Cottonwood Hotel By Reservation (Minimum of 4, maximum of 20 people)
• May 14th, 2011 • June 11th, 2011
July 4th Cottonwood Fireworks
July through September Seasonal Farmers Market & Jamboree Old Town Cottonwood
Old Town, Cottonwood, AZ USA, 930 North Main Street (Historic 89A) Hub of the Verde Valley, near Clarkdale, Jerome, Sedona, Cornville, Page Springs 1-(928) 634-9455 web designer: Karen J. Leff Last Updated: 05/11/2011