Sunset, Arizona

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Sunset, Arizona
Populated place
Sunset, Arizona is located in Arizona
Sunset, Arizona
Sunset, Arizona
Sunset, Arizona is located in the US
Sunset, Arizona
Sunset, Arizona
Location in the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 35°02′40″N 110°39′12″W / 35.04444°N 110.65333°W / 35.04444; -110.65333Coordinates: 35°02′40″N 110°39′12″W / 35.04444°N 110.65333°W / 35.04444; -110.65333
Country  United States
State  Arizona
County Navajo
Founded 1876
Abandoned 1887
Founded by Lot Smith and Company
Elevation[1] 4,895 ft (1,492 m)
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)

Sunset, Arizona is a populated place and former town in Navajo County, Arizona located about four miles north-west of Winslow, Arizona. It was settled in 1876 by a group of Latter-day Saints under the direction of Lot Smith. Drought and flash flooding that washed away the dams and irrigation systems led to crop failures. It ceased being a town by 1884 and the last settlers moved out in 1888.[2] The channel of the Little Colorado River now runs where the town site used to be. Only the small hilltop Sunset Cemetery remains and is part of the Homolovi State Park.

Sunset was one of four Little Colorado River colonies.[3] The other colonies were Joseph City, Brigham City, and Obed. Joseph City is the only remaining colony.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sunset City (historical)
  2. ^ Andrew Jenson. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1941) p. 849.
  3. ^ Tanner, George S and J Morris Richards, Colonization on the Little Colorado: The Joseph City Region (Flagstaff, Arizona: 1977) xiii.
  4. ^ Tanner, George S and J Morris Richards, Colonization on the Little Colorado: The Joseph City Region (Flagstaff, Arizona: 1977) 21, 32, 34.

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