1960: VERDE; Cavalry Meets Horseless Carriages, October.


"A group of twenty horseless carriage drivers will feel right at home when they come into the Verde Valley tomorrow."

"The Camp Verde Cavalry, bedecked in full regalia, plans to meet the entourage of ancient vintage autos when they enter the valley and escort them into town, lending an authentic air to their visit in the Verde."

"Valley of The Sun Regional Group, Horseless Carriage Club of America, will attend the Ft. Verde Museum on their tour of Camp Verde."

"Other places of interest which the colorful car caravan will visit are Oak Creek, Page Springs, Jerome, Bell Rock and Todd's Lodge. They will attend an open house today from 7 to 8 p.m. at Sedona Lodge."

"Participants will dress in costumes or dusters while on their tour of the Verde Valley."

"The group travels all over the country in early vintage automobiles known as 'horseless carriages' when they first appeared on the American scene."

"Uniforms of the Camp Verde Cavalry are authentic copies of those worn by the U.S. Cavalry stationed at Fort Verde between 1871 and 1891. It is the fatigue uniform consisting of black felt hat, navy blue jacket, light blue pants with yellow stripe, black cavalry boots, buckskin gauntlets, brass spurs and crossed sabers on the hats."

"At the present time there are 17 men 'in uniform' --- Bill Cole, Jim Darwin, Albert Dickison, Alvin Hazelwood, Craig Jackson, George Kirkwood, George Kovacovich, John Kovacovich, Walt Murdock, Duane Parker, Howard Parrish, Tuffy Peach, Leo Ramsey, Shorty Solt, Malcolm Stenhouse, Edgar Wingfield. Plans call for increasing the cavalry to a full troop."

(The Verde Independent; Cottonwood; Thursday, October 6, 1960; Section 3, page 7, columns 1-5.)


"Verde Valley residents were delighted this week by the sight of a caravan of horseless carriages on a tour of the Valley."

"Stanley Steamers, Ford Runabouts, Pierce Arrows and a dozen other different brands popular 40 years ago when the 'horseless carriages' were the rage of the country, puffed and steamed all over the Valley this week."

"They visited Jerome, Oak Creek, Page Springs, Bell Rock, Camp Verde and other communities and points of interest in the Valley."

"Valley of The Sun Regional Group, Horseless Carriages Club of America with guests from other Southwestern cities made the Valley tour."

"They created a stir in Camp Verde as school kids and everyone else in town turned out to watch them parade down Main Street behind the Camp Verde Cavalry. Participants dressed in costumes or dusters while on their tour of the area."

"They were hosted at the Ft. Verde Museum by the Camp Verde Cavalry who showed them through the buildings. Doughnuts and coffee were served."

"Costumes depicted the dress consistent with the era when the horseless carriages were first introduced."

"The group travels all over the country in early vintage automobiles."

(The Verde Independent; Cottonwood; Thursday, October 13, 1960; Section 2, page 4, column 2.)


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