Verde Valley, Arizona
On November 29, 2012, I rode aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad from Clarkdale to Perkinsville and back. The trip starts with views of remnants of the mining industry around Clarkdale. The ride features spectacular views of the geology of the area. Trees along the route were still displaying fall colors in late November. Several Bald Eagles were seen soaring high above the canyon. Perkinsville was one of the filming locations for the cinerama production of How the West Was Won.
The town of Camp Verde celebrates Fort Verde Days on the second weekend in October each year. Fort Verde was a base for General Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers in the 1870s and 1880s. Fort Verde Days is part county fair and part historical reenactments.
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