A Detailed Account of Holbrook, AZ

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This article is presented by the lawyers of sexual abuse from Holbrook. We encourage residents and visitors to learn about the history of the city and explore its many features.

History of Holbrook

Holbrook is a city in and the county seat of Navajo County, Arizona. Before colonization, the area was inhabited by the Anasazi, Puebloans, Navajo and Apache. In 1848, it was ceded to the United States after the Mexican–American War. The U.S. Army sent three expeditions to the area from 1851 to 1857. Known as Navajo Springs, for a spring northeast of Holbrook, a ten-foot-wide wagon road was constructed by Lt. Beale in the area. Shortly after, a store and saloon were built at the confluence of the Little Colorado River and the Rio Puerco River just two miles east of Holbrook. This area would become known as Horsehead Crossing.

In 1876, Mormons from Utah began settling near Horsehead Crossing. A railroad station was built and railroad tracks were laid down in the area from 1881 to 1882. It was used to supply wood and water to the settlement, as well as transport supplies to Fort Apache. The community was subsequently renamed Holbrook in honor of Henry Randolph Holbrook, the first chief engineer of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.

When the railroad sold a million acres of land to the Boston investment group that established the Hashknife Outfit (previously the Aztec Land and Cattle Company), it resulted in Holbrook growing as a cow-town. Headquartered in the city, the Hashknige Outfit is one of the largest cattle ranches to ever exist after leasing an additional one million acres of government land in the area.

As the cattle ranch hired cowmen, farmers, shepherds, rustlers and outlaws, many western range wars broke in the area. It was collectively known as the Pleasant Valley War. On September 4, 1887, the famous Holbrook Shootout occurred. When Commodore Perry Owens of the Apache County Sheriff came to the city to arrest Andy Belvins for horse theft, he proceeded to get into a shootout with Belvins, his two brothers and a friend. Owens emerged the scene unscathed and became a western legend.

In 1895, Holbrook became the seat of the newly formed Navajo County. Many lawmen and cowboys in the area became Rough Riders, the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, with former President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1902, the Hashknife Outfit went bankrupt and was sold to the Babbit brothers. In 1917, Holbrook was incorporated as a city. Today, the city is the "gateway to the Petrified Forest." As of 2010,  it has a population of 5,053 people. Most of its economy is driven by tourism.

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park is a 346 square miles park encompassing semi-desert shrub steppe and highly eroded and colorful badlands. It was named for the large deposits of petrified wood located in the park. In 1906, the park was declared a national monument by President Roosevelt. In 1962, it was designated as a national park. The American national park is home to:

  • Over 400 species of plants like blue grama and sacaton
  • Large animals like bobcats, coyotes and pronghorns
  • Small animals like snakes and deer mice
  • Seven kinds of amphibians
  • Over 200 species of birds

Around 50,260 acres (one-third) of the park has been designated as wilderness. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Petrified Forest National Park is a great place for visitors to explore the backcountry, go hiking, backpacking, bicycling, horseback riding, and geocaching. The pet-friendly park also offers guided tours and feature exhibits for you to check out.

Painted Desert

Partially located in the northern part of the Petrified Forest National Park, the Painted Desert is a desert of badlands known for its brilliant and varied colors. It was named by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado's 1540 Spanish expedition to find the Seven Cities of Cibola. Partly protected by the Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area, a variety of trails are available for visitors to hike into the colored hills.

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