Springerville, Arizona

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Springerville, Arizona
Springerville Federal Building, 1938
Springerville Federal Building, 1938
Respect for our past
Confidence in our future
Location of Springerville in Apache County, Arizona
Location of Springerville in Apache County, Arizona
Springerville, Arizona is located in the United States
Springerville, Arizona
Springerville, Arizona
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°8′11″N 109°16′45″W / 34.13639°N 109.27917°W / 34.13639; -109.27917Coordinates: 34°8′11″N 109°16′45″W / 34.13639°N 109.27917°W / 34.13639; -109.27917
CountryUnited States
 • MayorPhil Hanson Jr
 • Total11.67 sq mi (30.22 km2)
 • Land11.50 sq mi (29.79 km2)
 • Water0.16 sq mi (0.42 km2)
6,967 ft (2,124 m)
 • Total1,961
 • Estimate 
 • Density171.96/sq mi (66.39/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
ZIP Code
Area code928
FIPS code04-68990
GNIS feature ID34747
WebsiteTown of Springerville

Springerville is a town in Apache County, Arizona, United States, within the White Mountains. Its postal ZIP Code is 85938. As of the 2010 census, the population of the town was 1,961.[4]

Springerville sits at an elevation of 6,974 feet (2,126 m) above sea level. Along with its neighbor Eagar, the communities make up the place known as Round Valley, which is in the central-eastern part of Arizona close to the New Mexico border.


Springerville Town Hall in 2009

The town that grew around Henry Springer's trading post was officially given its name on May 10, 1876.[5] Before that time it had gone by names such as Colorado Chiquito, Milligan Settlement, and Valle Redondo (Round Valley).

Outlaw Cowboy Ike Clanton, who was present at the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, was shot dead in Springerville on June 1, 1887, by detective Jonas V. Brighton when he resisted arrest on charges of cattle rustling.[6][7]

Springerville is the home of Arizona's Madonna of the Trail statue, unveiled on September 29, 1928.[8]

The town was incorporated in 1948.

In 1951, Twentieth Century Fox filmed an adaptation of Fred Gipson's novel The Home Place titled Return of the Texan at several locations in and around Springerville.[9][10]

In June 2011, the entire town was evacuated due to a nearby wildfire.[11]


Springerville is located at 34°8′11″N 109°16′45″W / 34.13639°N 109.27917°W / 34.13639; -109.27917 (34.136342, -109.279227).[12]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.7 square miles (30 km2), of which 11.6 square miles (30 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 1.4%, is water.[4] Springerville has a Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csb).

Climate data for Springerville, Arizona
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 47.6
Average low °F (°C) 15.2
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.53
Average snowfall inches (cm) 4.5
Source: NOAA (1981–2010 normals),[13] Weatherbase (precip, snow)[14]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)1,978[3]0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]
Springerville Post Office with postal code 85938

As of the census[16] of 2000, there were 1,972 people, 753 households, and 499 families residing in the town. The population density was 170.8 people per square mile (65.9/km2). There were 896 housing units at an average density of 77.6 per square mile (30.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 79.5% White, 0.2% Black or African American, 6.5% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 10.2% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. 25.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 753 households, out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the town, the age distribution of the population shows 29.2% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,769, and the median income for a family was $36,331. Males had a median income of $32,313 versus $19,519 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,830. About 14.7% of families and 21.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.4% of those under age 18 and 26.1% of those age 65 or over.

A Madonna of the Trail monument in Springerville


The town is served by the Round Valley Unified School District. The school's mascot is the elk and its school colors are black and gold. The St. Johns Redskins are the school's biggest rival.

Round Valley Primary School is located in the town and serves the town.

Round Valley Intermediate School, Round Valley Middle School, and Round Valley High School serve the town, but are in nearby Eagar. In addition, White Mountain Academy, a K–12 charter school, is located in Eagar.

The high school's football stadium, The Round Valley Ensphere located in Eagar, is the eighth biggest geodesic dome in the world with a diameter of 440 feet / 134 m. The school board voted to give the Dome a pinkish looking color, and it was completed in 1992. It was used as a shelter for evacuees from the Rodeo–Chediski Fire in 2002. Round Valley is the only high school in the world to have a domed stadium.

The first Springerville School House was dedicated September 3, 1884.

In 1969—the Springerville, Eagar, Vernon, Nutrioso, Greer, and Colter Schools consolidated with each other to form the Round Valley Unified School District.


The Springerville Municipal Airport is a town-owned public-use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) west of the central business district of Springerville.[17]


The Kiva at Casa Malpaís

Casa Malpaís is located near Springerville. It is a nationally recognized archeological site.[18]

The name Casa Malpais means "House built from Malapai", which describes the type volcanic vesicular basalt from which the ancient village was constructed. It is thought that the name was given to the village by early Basque sheepherders. The Springerville volcanic field contains over 400 volcanoes within a 50-mile (80 km) radius of Springerville, making it the third largest volcanic field in the continental United States.

The first visit to Casa Malpais by a professional anthropologist was in 1883, when Frank Cushing, living at Zuni, visited a site at "El Valle Redondo on the Colorado Chiquito", and was impressed by what he termed "the fissure type pueblo" he found there. In his journal he sketched dry masonry, bridging fissures, upon which the pueblo is constructed.

Unique and unusual features characterize the site. The Great Kiva, painstakingly constructed of volcanic rock, is the centerpiece. A steep basalt staircase set into a crevice of the high red cliff wall leads to the top of the mesa.

Both the Hopi and Zuni people still consider Casa Malpais a sacred ancestral place.

The town contains one of the twelve Madonna of the Trail monuments created by sculptor August Leimbach.[19]

The town is close to the Apache–Sitgreaves National Forests, which run along the Mogollon Rim. It is also close to the Sunrise Ski Resort.

The El Rio opened in 1915, making it the oldest movie theater in Arizona. It was originally called the Apache Theater, until it was changed in 1937 to the El Rio.[20]

Notable people[edit]


I was the one who had Apache county separated from Yavapai. Everything was very high at that time, and I used to haul my goods from Albuquerque to live on. I was hauling goods one time from Henry Springer's store in Albuquerque, and I told Henry Springer he had better come into Round Valley, as it was called then, and put in a store; that the people were coming in and we would name the postoffice and little village after him, Springerville, and that was old Henry Springer.
——James G. H. Colter from History of Arizona, Volume VI

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-08-28.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Springerville town, Arizona". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  5. ^ Becker, Jack A (2005). "Round Valley As It Was". roundvalleyaz.com.
  6. ^ "Apache County Critic". June 1887.
  7. ^ "Joseph Ike Clanton".
  8. ^ The Madonna of the Trail Monument" NSDAR Memorial to the Pioneer Mothers of the Covered Wagon Days, pamphlet revised July 2002
  9. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045083/
  10. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/10657827/
  11. ^ Arizona Wildfire Threatens Electrical Grid, The New York Times, June 9, 2011.
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  13. ^ Station Name: Springerville AK
  14. ^ "Historical Weather for Springerville, AZ US". wrcc.com. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  16. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  17. ^ FAA Airport Form 5010 for D68 PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 29 July 2010.
  18. ^ Arizona Travel and Tours delange.org
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  21. ^ http://www.amoeba.com/blog/2009/03/eric-s-blog/billie-maxwell-the-cow-girl-singer.html

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