Randolph, Arizona

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Randolph, Arizona
Populated place
Randolph is located in Arizona
Randolph
Randolph
Randolph is located in the US
Randolph
Randolph
Location within the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 32°55′01″N 111°30′53″W / 32.91694°N 111.51472°W / 32.91694; -111.51472Coordinates: 32°55′01″N 111°30′53″W / 32.91694°N 111.51472°W / 32.91694; -111.51472
Country United States
State Arizona
County Pinal
Elevation[1] 1,440 ft (439 m)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MST (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 520
FIPS code 04-58920
GNIS feature ID 9954

Randolph is a small, historically Black populated place in Pinal County, Arizona, located about 15 miles north of Picacho, and near Casa Grande. The community was named after Epes Randolph, a vice-president and general manager of the Southern Pacific Railroad, who founded the town in the early 1920s.[2] Randolph wanted to establish a successful city near Casa Grande.[3]:9 On July 18, 1925, the Randolph Post Office opened, with Channing E. Babbitt as its postmaster.[2] With the increased need for agricultural workers which arose in the late 1920s, hundreds of farm workers migrated to the area in the 1930s. Many of those who settled in Randolph were black migrants from Oklahoma. This influx created a community which was predominately Black.[3]:27 The post office closed in 1983.[3]:30 Today, Randolph is one of the few Black towns which exist in the United States.[3]:32

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Randolph". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b Barnes, Will Croft (2016). Arizona Place Names. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. p. 355. ISBN 0816534950. 
  3. ^ a b c d LeSeur, Geta J. (2000). Not All Okies Are White. University of Missouri Press. ISBN 082626221X.