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In today’s edition of the Sedona Red Rock News, you’ll find a special section, the Red Rock Country History Edition.

This photograph, taken in 1978, shows Sedona early on. The large building the center of the photo is of the old Bashas' building, which is now the home of Harkins Theatres. Bashas' later moved across the street to its new location on Coffee Pot and State Route 89A. Safeway is now location in the open area just to the west. Sunset Mobile Park, built in 1965, still sits directly behind the old Bashas' building.This year’s History Edition is a collaboration with the Sedona Heritage Museum, with the stories written by Janeen Trevillyan and Rita Reger.

In celebration of the Sedona Red Rock News’ 50th anniversary, the section covers the last 50 years of Sedona’s history, starting in 1963, when Sedona was just a small growing community unaware of its future as the vibrant, bustling city we call home today.

As you read through the History Edition, you will see how Sedona was a collection of ranches and homes with a small commercial sector just north of the junction of State Routes 89A and 179, which we now call Uptown. A series of small newspapers ebbed a flowed, but none lasted too long, until the arrival of Robert and Loretta Larson, who published the first edition of the Red Rock News on Oct. 3, 1963.

Managing Editor Christopher Fox GrahamTrevillyan and Reger then walk readers through a tour of how Sedona looked and felt to a first-time visitor 50 years ago.

After that, the stories cover the big events of each decade between 1963 and 2013 with historic photos of days past.

A community is as much driven by events as the people behind them. The final story celebrates three of Sedona’s iconic figures: Cecil Lockhart-Smith, Silas “Si” Birch and Marion Herrman.

Additionally, the museum supplied us with historic photos from around Sedona. Our photojournalist, Jordan Reece, traveled to those locations and shot photos of how the areas look today. We’ve placed these photos side-by-side so our readers can compare the differences. Sedona has been a community of constant change, from roads and businesses to infrastructure improvements and city facilities.

The History Edition would not be possible without the support of our advertisers, many of whom incorporate historic photos into their ads. The last few pages thank these businesses by celebrating how long each of them have been members of our community.

We encourage you to read through our commemorative History Edition and explore what made Sedona the city it is today.

Christopher Fox Graham

Managing Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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