Lake Montezuma, Arizona

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Lake Montezuma, Arizona
CDP
The Rimrock Ranch airplane, around 1930. Rimrock Ranch was a dude ranch near Montezuma Well.
The Rimrock Ranch airplane, around 1930. Rimrock Ranch was a dude ranch near Montezuma Well.
Location in Yavapai County and the state of Arizona
Location in Yavapai County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 34°38′25″N 111°47′0″W / 34.64028°N 111.78333°W / 34.64028; -111.78333Coordinates: 34°38′25″N 111°47′0″W / 34.64028°N 111.78333°W / 34.64028; -111.78333
Country United States
State Arizona
County Yavapai
Area
 • Total 12 sq mi (31.1 km2)
 • Land 12.0 sq mi (31.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,460 ft (1,055 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,344
 • Density 279.7/sq mi (108.0/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
ZIP code 86342
Area code(s) 928
FIPS code 04-39720
GNIS feature ID 0030844

Lake Montezuma is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yavapai County in the U.S. state of Arizona. The population was 3,344 at the 2000 census. The CDP includes the communities of Rimrock and McGuireville. Located along Interstate 17, it is 20 miles (32 km) south of Sedona and 8 miles (13 km) north of Camp Verde in central Arizona's Verde Valley.

History[edit]

The community was originally known as Beaver Creek as ranchers and farmers settled along the banks of the creek named for the prolific numbers of beavers found there. In 1882, when there were a total of 8 local children, Yavapai County set up one of the first schools in the Verde Valley, Beaver Creek School, drawing kids from many miles around the area.

The area of the community known as McGuireville started in 1910 when Eugene McGuire settled near the confluence of Dry Beaver Creek and Wet Beaver Creek. This was also at the junction of the historic road from Stoneman Lake which split there with one route going on to Cornville, Cottonwood and Jerome and the other going south to Camp Verde and on to Prescott via Cherry. This later became the site of the first local business besides ranching and dudes when Midge Montgomery set up the original Beaver Creek Store there in 1931.

The area generally became known as Rimrock in 1926 when Virginia Finnie, the daughter of a prominent local rancher, started a dude ranch which she appropriately named Rimrock Guest Ranch. It was so named for the prominent limestone rimrocks forming the edges of the mesas visible from the hill top ranch. Her prominent guests were wanting efficient communications with the outside world so Virginia saw the need to establish a post office on the ranch. Virginia's Mother-in-law, Ella Loudermilk, became the first post mistress of the newly established Rimrock Post Office chartered July 11, 1928. People from the Coconino County line near Stoneman Lake, Apache Maid Ranch etc. and up and down the creek nearly to Camp Verde picked up their mail at the Rimrock Post Office so the former area of Beaver Creek School district generally became known as Rimrock. Interestingly Arizona's oldest continuously operated landing strip - The Rimrock Airport is located here as dudes used to fly into the ranch in a day gone by.

Around 1957 shortly after the Black Canyon Highway was built north from Phoenix one of the largest ranches in Rimrock was turned into a subdivision called Lake Montezuma. The developers were planning on selling much of the property to out of state buyers and realized they needed something attractive in the name. They dug out a pond below the original ranch house and named it Lake Montezuma after the area's most significant local landmark - Montezuma Well National Monument.

The majority of the population of the rapidly growing area soon lived in this one subdivision and virtually all of them were not from the local area. They would identify themselves as being from Lake Montezuma not realizing that they might also be considered a resident of Rimrock and also Beaver Creek. Thus the confusion over the name of the general area.

Geography[edit]

Lake Montezuma is located at 34°38′25″N 111°47′0″W / 34.64028°N 111.78333°W / 34.64028; -111.78333 (34.640283, -111.783377).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31 km2), of which, 11.9 square miles (31 km2) of it is land and 0.08% is water.

Climate[edit]

The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Csa". (Mediterranean Climate).[2]

Climate data for Lake Montezuma, Arizona
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 14
(57)
17
(62)
19
(66)
24
(75)
28
(83)
34
(94)
36
(97)
34
(94)
31
(88)
26
(78)
19
(66)
14
(57)
24.7
(76.4)
Average low °C (°F) −1
(30)
1
(33)
3
(37)
7
(44)
11
(52)
16
(61)
19
(67)
18
(65)
14
(58)
8
(47)
2
(35)
−1
(30)
8.1
(46.6)
Precipitation mm (inches) 36
(1.4)
38
(1.5)
43
(1.7)
23
(0.9)
13
(0.5)
5
(0.2)
38
(1.5)
53
(2.1)
46
(1.8)
33
(1.3)
33
(1.3)
38
(1.5)
399
(15.7)
Source: Weatherbase [3]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,344 people, 1,471 households, and 938 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 279.7 people per square mile (108.0/km²). There were 1,666 housing units at an average density of 139.4/sq mi (53.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.58% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 2.33% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 2.78% from other races, and 2.03% from two or more races. 7.27% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,471 households out of which 20.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 28.5% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,750, and the median income for a family was $36,864. Males had a median income of $22,365 versus $21,538 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,043. About 7.2% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents[edit]

Eulalia "Sister" Bourne, pioneer Arizona schoolteacher and author, began her teaching career at Beaver Creek School around 1910.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ Climate Summary for Lake Montezuma (Rimrock), Arizona
  3. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on August 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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