TRUSTED NEWS LEADER FOR COTTONWOOD, CAMP VERDE & THE VERDE VALLEY
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King S. Woolsey’s four trips to the Verde Valley in 1864 eventually led to the valley’s settlement. Named many of the streams in the central Arizona along with numerous landmarks. After serving five times in the Arizona Territorial Legislature, twice as speaker, he died of a presumed heart ailment in 1879 at the age of 47, one of Arizona’s wealthiest and most prominent citizens.
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King Woolsey hated Indians long before they stole his cattle. Having worked as a teamster in the early 1860s, a time when the Indians still held sway over much of what would one day become Arizona, Woolsey was accustomed to life in Indian country.

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