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Each year I, and many Sedona residents, look forward to the publication of our Red Rock Country History Edition.

This year’s edition is the fourth I’ve produced, with the help of Janeen Trevillyan and Rita Reger at the Sedona Heritage Museum, and each year I learn more and more about the area I now call home.

Sedona Red Rock News Managing Editor Trista Steers MacVittieLet’s face it, many residents living here weren’t born and raised among the red rocks.

We stumbled upon this place long after much of the city’s history was written by those who either wrote it or witnessed it, some of whom are still around today to recall it.

As transplants, it’s our duty to learn our area’s history, and respect the past and the people who were a part of it.

It’s not uncommon to see “old-timers” shake their heads in disbelief when it seems nobody around knows how water to homes became possible in the high desert or that in 1920 the Village of Oak Creek was a field without a building in sight.

With stoplights popping up all along State Route 89A, they remember when turning off of Airport Road didn’t require the use of a traffic signal.

Many remember when the brainchild of Hal Maloney, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, first marched down State Route 89A in 1970.

They also remember the parade’s hiatus when the Arizona Department of Transportation put constraints on use of the highway, and then the resurrection of the now annual tradition in 1999 by the Sedona Main Street Program with help from Northern Arizona University.

Posse Grounds Park didn’t just appear in West Sedona. Residents remember putting their blood, sweat and tears into the evolution of the park from rodeo grounds to ball fields to what we see today.

Part of appreciating the place we live and what it offers is knowing the stories behind how it all came about.

Who knows how the water utility in Sedona would have developed if George Jordan had not built Sedona’s first tanks and used sand to filter water pumped to his own home and those of his neighbors? Others followed suit, and eventually Arizona Water Co. came in to take over already developed systems.

This year’s History Edition tells many stories of how the city we see around us came to be, recognizing the efforts of those who forged the path for residents who call Sedona home today.

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