What is Contra dancing...you might ask yourself. The Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music and Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum will be co-hosting this traditional folkdance made up of long lines of couples led by a caller who teaches the sequence before the music starts. You do not need a partner to dance with, as dancers mix and mingle throughout the repeated sets. The dance is open to all ages and is family friendly. The tunes and dances are traditional and date back over 100 years. Dancing starts at 6:30 pm and the admission is $10 per person. Wear comfy clothing and shoes and dance on “the best dance floor in Northern Arizona”! The event is non-alcohol.
Each year the Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum hosts an opportunity to step back in time to the days of company houses built by the United Verde Copper Company between 1913 and 1930. On April 21, 2018, several historic homes and buildings will be open for the 2018 Annual Historic Building & Home Tour. Tickets will be available online and on the day of the tour at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse. $20 per adult, $5 for children under 12. The last tour will depart at 3pm.
Each year during the Historic Building & Home Tour, local actors present a reenactment of the bold robbery of the Bank of Arizona, which occured June 21, 1928.
Arriving from Oklahoma & Nebraska, Willard Forrester and Earl Nelson attempted to rob the bank of the United Verde Copper Company payroll. Who really fired the fatal shot which brought the robbery to a climactic end? Famous lawman Jim Roberts or Bank Manager David Saunders?
Lee Snider, a telegraph operator at the Clarkdale Depot, was standing across the street. Suddenly he jumped into the air and clasped his hand to his body near the hip, according to witnesses. A bullet had struck his pocket watch, smashing it but with no more damage to Snider than a bruise. The original pocket watch is currently on display at the Four Eight Wine Works located on Historic Main Street in Clarkdale.
Built in 1926-1927, the Clark Memorial Clubhouse was a gift to the smelter workers of the United Verde Copper Company from William Andrews Clark. Upon his death in 1925, funds were disbursed from the millionaire's estate to build this magnificent building comprised of a men's lounge, ladies' lounge, reading room, auditorium, swimming pool, and bowling alleys. Tours are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month: Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 16, 2018. Meet your guides at the Clarkdale Museum at 9:45 am. A short walk will take you to the historic buildings. This tour is handicapped accessible and lasts approximately 90 minutes. A donation to CHSM is not necessary but greatly appreciated.