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Sedona, Arizona : 

Sedona, Arizona

My name is Elyse : 

My name is Elyse Fossil Creek AZ

Geological History : 

Geological History The gradual withdrawal of the sea combined with the earth’s powerful forces of upheaval created this masterpiece of nature. Sedona is built on a bed of Red-wall limestone and sandstone, which was deposited there 330 million years ago by a shallow tropical sea. Brin’s Mesa Trail

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Sedona sits at the foot of the Mogollon Rim which is the southern most part of the Colorado Plateau and extends for 200 miles across central Arizona to the White Mountains and averages 7,000 feet high.

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The Mogollon Rim (pronounced muggy-on)

Why are the Red Rocks Red? : 

Why are the Red Rocks Red? The answer is:  Iron!  Sandstone is porous, and when water carrying dissolved iron drains through the sandstone, some of the iron is left behind, and it is this iron in the form of iron oxide, which is red, that coats the grains and gives it color. Boynton Canyon Trail

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The large rock formations of Sedona are capped by an erosion-resistant limestone that now protects the underlying softer layers from erosion. Cathedral Rock

Human History : 

Human History The human aspect of Sedona history goes back as far as ten thousand years ago, when archaeologists believe hunter-gatherers first roamed the area, looking for sustenance in the red rock canyons. These hunter gatherers, when they were in the Sedona Arizona area, stayed in the canyon caves, which provided excellent shelter from the elements and from predators. Palatki Pictographs

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Technological advances came with adaptation to the landscape, which meant a switch from a hunter-gatherer society to a more stable, agricultural way of life. These agricultural peoples are called the “Anasazi Indians” which were followed by the Hohokam during the period of 500 to 700 AD. For mysterious reasons, the Anasazi left the area. The Hohokam introduced irrigation farming which is evidenced by ancient canals that still exist today. Palatki Ruins

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Then came the Sinaqua Tribe which means “without water” in Spanish around 900-1000 AD. The Sinaquans are known to have been dry farmers and traded with other native groups some of which extended into South America. Quite suddenly around the 1300s, they seemed to have abandoned the area. Some theorize that most were eliminated by other nearby inhabitants or the Sinaquans melded with other native inhabitants farther to the north. Honanki Ruins

Current Reservation Land : 

Current Reservation Land There was another group of people living in the Sedona Arizona area around A.D. 1300, and they were the Yavapai people. The Yavapai were hunter gatherers, but had territories on which they roamed. Eventually the Yavapai were run off the land and forced onto the Rio Verde Reservation.

The First European Pioneers : 

The First European Pioneers The first European to settle in Oak Creek Canyon/Sedona area was J.J. Thompson, claiming land he called Indian Gardens.

The Beginnings : 

The Beginnings Other families arrived, settling in Crimson Cliffs, near Cathedral Rock, and other niches, and the whole area in general became known as Red Rock. They also soon found growing markets for their produce and their livestock in Jerome, which would become the biggest town in Arizona during their booming mining operations. They also sold goods to markets in Flagstaff, further north.

Sedona, Arizona is Born : 

Sedona, Arizona is Born In 1902 the government established a post office here at the request of T.C. Carl Schnebly. Carl was the one who applied to have the Post Office established in his own name, so it would be called "Schnebly Station". The US Government said yes to the Post Office but no to the name, which was too long to put on a cancellation stamp. So, Carl used his wife's name and named the Post Office "Sedona". Thus, the little town formerly known as Red Rock was now more or less officially called "Sedona". Statue of Sedona Schnebly In Uptown Sedona

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Sedona was discovered by Hollywood in the 1930s. Its startling beauty and unique backdrop attracted movie producers that used Sedona as the setting for over 70 films. The Sedona secret was out. Gradually, Sedona became the getaway home of some of the world’s rich and famous.

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Today, tourism is Sedona’s primary industry, attracting over 4 million visitors a year second only to the Grand Canyon as Arizona’s most visited destination.

Vortexes and the New Age Mecca : 

Vortexes and the New Age Mecca The new age revolution came in force in 1987. That was the year of the Harmonic Convergence when believers flocked to mystical places across the planet, hoping for a global awakening of harmony and love. Some 5,000 of these believers crammed into Sedona. A few hundred of them stood in front of a formation called Bell Rock, waiting for its lid to open and reveal a U.F.O.

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