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Cottonwood’s roots as the commercial hub of the Verde Valley were planted with the November 1960 incorporation as a municipality.
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Incorporation was a struggle as Cottonwood set roots to become a city

Like Clarkdale's Betterment Association, leaders in Cottonwood, under the banner of the Cottonwood Progressive Association, were looking for improvements to the community after mining abandoned the Verde Valley. Later, they would lead the drive for incorporation.