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Verde Heritage: 1927 Cottonwood breakwater built to save the town

The extensive grove of trees for which Cottonwood was named stretched nearly half a mile to the banks of the Verde River, which flowed on the other side of the valley in 1874. The river worked its way across the valley, washing away trees and farmland until it was close to the brick home of Mary Willard, where the last few cottonwoods survived in 1917. Only two of the historic trees remained after the 1919 Thanksgiving flood and the February and summer floods washed them away. (Courtesy of Clemenceau Heritage Museum)

The extensive grove of trees for which Cottonwood was named stretched nearly half a mile to the banks of the Verde River, which flowed on the other side of the valley in 1874. The river worked its way across the valley, washing away trees and farmland until it was close to the brick home of Mary Willard, where the last few cottonwoods survived in 1917. Only two of the historic trees remained after the 1919 Thanksgiving flood and the February and summer floods washed them away. (Courtesy of Clemenceau Heritage Museum)

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