Ash Fork

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Arcadia Publishing, 2008 - History - 127 pages
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The tiny community of Ash Fork lies on the juniper-studded hills some 15 miles west of Bill Williams Mountain. Founded in 1882 when the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad was laying tracks for a transcontinental railroad, Ash Fork became an important rail junction by 1895 when another new line was built, this one south to Phoenix. The storied Route 66 opened in 1926 and U.S. Highway 89 not long after, making Ash Fork the most important link between Northern and Southern Arizona by both rail and highway. By the mid-20th century, however, rail routes changed and Interstate 40 opened a half-mile south of town, stopping overnight the flow of traffic through Ash Fork. While many residents were forced to leave, those who remained stubbornly refused to concede defeat. As the new century dawned, the citizens of Ash Fork had developed a new community spirit and hopes for a brighter future.

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Marshall Trimble grew up in Ash Fork during the golden years of the rails and Route 66. He began his career as an Arizona native folk singer during the 1960s, and today he is the official Arizona state historian and the author of more than 20 books. Trimble has taught Arizona history for more than 35 years and is one of the state's most popular and sought-after performers and convention speakers.

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