Josiah D. Cook Ranch


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Mitchell & Baer Unknown 1406.2011.0000.jpg BU-RA-2011 B&W 1406.2011.0000 bura2011p Photo Card Print 5x7 Historic Photographs 1887 Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives

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The J. D. Cook ranch pictured in this 1887 photograph carried several names and owners through time. Josiah Davis Cook purchased the Willow Creek Valley property then known as the Stevens ranch in 1877. A later advertisement highlighted “Pasturage for horses at Point of Rocks (formerly J. D. Cook's) ranch.” Also known as the Old Cook Ranch and the Smith Ranch following its purchase by W. H. Smith in 1900, the property saw its ranch house lost to fire in 1909.

Josiah Davis Cook, proprietor of the Senator Stage Line and a prominent local dairyman from his Prescott ranch, also served as a Yavapai County supervisor and a member of the Yavapai County General Assembly until his death in 1894.

Sources:
Property deed (handwritten), March 15, 1877
Arizona Voter Registration, 1882
Weekly Arizona Miner, December 12, 1879
Weekly Journal-Miner (Prescott, Arizona), June 6, 1888; November 25, 1891; December 12, 1912
Arizona Republic, February 9, 1943

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