2/27/2013 8:30:00 AM Dewey-Humboldt 2 Legacy markers unveiled near Town Hall, Butte Street Park
Dewey-Humboldt Vice Mayor Dennis Repan, left, and Mayor Terry Nolan remove the Arizona State flag to uncover the Centennial Monument that recognizes the mining community of Dewey-Humboldt at the town’s Butte Street Park on Feb. 14, the 101st anniversary of Arizona statehood.
Courtesy Photo/Judy Morgan
From left, Gerald Hoyer, D-H Historical Society member; Councilman David Hiles; Councilman Dennis Repan; D-HHS President Kevin Leonard; and D-HHS member David Nystrom unveil the monument in the Town Hall parking lot. The monument is double sided.
Trib Photo/Sue Tone
Dewey-Humboldt residents and town officials gathered on Valentine's Day for the unveiling of two Centennial Legacy monuments, one in front of the Town Hall and the other at its newest park.
David Nystrom, D-H Historical Society member, conducted the unveiling of the Centennial marker at an island at the Humboldt Station across from Town Hall.
"Today is the 101st birthday of Arizona," he said. "The Centennial year officially ended yesterday, so we are kicking off the next 100 years today in Dewey-Humboldt."
Historian and author Bill Cowan helped develop the idea of the Legacy Monument Project as a means to honor and publicly mark historical details of local areas. About 15 markers exist throughout Yavapai County, including the two in Dewey-Humboldt. He talked about the establishment of the Confederate Territory of Arizona in 1862.
"This is ground zero as far as the history of Arizona," he said referring to the town's location. "South of Cordes was the Confederacy; north was the Union. We were safe."
The monument is double-sided with one side denoting Dewey-Humboldt - Arizona's Country Town - as the "Gateway to Historic Mining Districts. Honoring the Past with a Vision for the Future." The other side reads, in part, "Settled in the 1860s, the communities of Dewey and Humboldt built a rich history of ranching, farming and mining."
The Butte Street Park monument's wording, approved by the town council in December, reads:
"Butte Street Park
Arizona's Centennial Year Recognizing the historic mining community of Dewey-Humboldt.
Open Space and Trails is a volunteer town committee responsible for identifying and developing plans for trails and open space. OSAT members initiated and worked to complete the Butte Street Park, dedicating it in November.
At the December meeting, council members tweaked the proposed wording on the monument to add "Dewey," even though the mining operations referred to took place in Humboldt, and they replaced "town" with "community."
"Many residents of both Dewey and Humboldt worked in the mines," Mayor Terry Nolan said in support of using "mining community of Dewey-Humboldt."
Organizations and individuals other than those listed on the marker also contributed to the Butte Street Park. Council members had to work within the limitations of a specific letter/space count to express their appreciation.
APS contributed $4,000 and several trees, and the Friends of the D-H Library gave $260 for a bench and also a book swap box, which town staff will install at the end of this month. The Agua Fria Festival Committee donated and installed a renovated gazebo, two pieces of artificial lawn, and a small sunshade. Playground equipment with a swing, slide and see-saw will arrive soon. Kachina Animal Hospital donated a pet waste station.
The park contains a barbeque grill, two picnic tables, several benches, a bike rack, and trashcan. Future plans include a bridge across the wash and horseshoe pits.
"The park is the town's first park, and in that sense, the monument's placement there combines the past and the present," said Sandra Goodwin, OSAT Committee chair.