Once a robust, hustling stage stop, used by weary travelers, cattlemen, miners, sheep and goat herders, Cordes remains much the same to give visitors a glimpse of days gone by. Much of what was, still is, although time has taken its toll on the buildings, fences, trails and equipment. The spirit of the people remain in a long line of generations that started in this place in 1883.
Now it is being brought back to life by the younger generation so people who have passed it by can now share in some of the memories. Much history is on display to share with you while you browse through antiques and memorabilia of days long ago. We invite you to come sit on the porch and feel the real spirit of generations that have gone on before.
Barn was built by J.H. Cordes & Charles Cordes in 1912
Cleator was established in 1864 as a placer gold mining site under the name Turkey Creek Mining District. A post office was established at Turkey Creek in July 1869 but closed within three months.
Turkey Creek was renamed Cleator in 1925 after James P. Cleator took possession of the town from Levrett P. Nellis. He then named the post office after himself. The post office closed July 15, 1954.
Cleator's population fell in the 1920s as mining in the area declined and the town was put up for sale by James Cleator in April 1949. It then had about 60 residents. James P. Cleator's son Thomas bought the town and lived there until his death in 1996. He kept the small bar open most of the years he lived there. After his death everything was inherited by his sister Eleanor and her son. The bar is still open and a favorite stop along the dusty road for recreational ATV drivers and weekend tourists.
Bridge no longer there.
Old Water Tank.
This is a really small fire station
Oak Creek Canyon
Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tla-keh-pah-keh), Sedona Arizona's Arts & Crafts Village. Nestled beneath the shade of the sycamores on the banks of beautiful Oak Creek in Sedona, Tlaquepaque is the most distinctive shopping experience to be found in the Southwest. Authentically fashioned after a traditional Mexican village, Tlaquepaque, meaning the "best of everything," has been a Sedona landmark since the 1970's. Its vine covered stucco walls, cobble-stoned walkways and magnificent arched entryways give you the feeling that Tlaquepaque has been here for centuries. Tasteful galleries and unique shops live in harmony with its lush natural environment where giant sycamore trees stand in testimony to the care taken in preserving the timeless beauty of the Tlaquepaque grounds. It would be hard to find more beautiful surroundings anywhere to create a shopping experience like no other.