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12/10/2012 9:03:00 AM
Clarkdale's Home & Building Tour Dec. 15
Grand opening of Copper Art Museum
The Copper Art Museum will hold its grand opening Dec. 15 during the Clarkdale Home & Business Tour. The museum is located in the old Clarkdale High School.
The Copper Art Museum will hold its grand opening Dec. 15 during the Clarkdale Home & Business Tour. The museum is located in the old Clarkdale High School.
If You Go ...
What: Home & Building Tour of Clarkdale

When: Dec. 15

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum at 900 First North St.

Cost: $20

Philip Wright
Staff Reporter

The 4th Annual Homes and Buildings of Clarkdale Tour will take place Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event, put on by the Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum, will take place in the largest historic district in rural Arizona - including 4,000 acres and 386 homes and buildings.

One highlight of this year's tour will be the grand opening of the Copper Art Museum in the original Clarkdale High School built in 1928. This property is owned by Drake Meinke.

"He has kept everything as original as he could," said Cindy Emmett of the museum and society.

Returning this year, will be the reenactment of the 1928 armed robbery of the Bank of Arizona. At the time, it was the largest bank holdup in Arizona, with an estimated $50,000 in payroll stolen. One robber was killed during the holdup and a second one was arrested.

"We're going to do it again this year," Emmett said. "It will be bigger and better."

She said the reenactment will have a narrator this year, and it will occur three times, at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. All the action will take place on Main Street.

Also returning this year will be George Skoblin portraying Senator William Clark. Emmett said the society is hoping that Senator Clark's daughter will be able to accompany him.

A Centennial Time Capsule Dedication is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. at the Clarkdale Civic Plaza.

"Two time capsules will be dedicated by the Town of Clarkdale," Emmett said. "The first commemoration is the incorporation of Clarkdale. That one will be opened in 2057."

Emmett said the second capsule will be opened in 2112.

During the tour, the Clarkdale Library will hold an open house and its annual book sale and a local authors' book signing.

The Made In Clarkdale exhibit will be open during this event at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse Auditorium.

Eight homes and buildings are on this year's tour. The Lower Elementary School (the Yellow School) at 600 First North St. will be on the tour along with the new Copper Art Museum in the old Clarkdale High School.

Zunick's Garage, circa 1912 or 1913, is also on the tour.

"It was originally the carpenter's shop, for construction of the homes in town," Emmett explained.

Clark Memorial Library, which has recently been renovated, will be the fourth building on the tour. That building was originally the Clarkdale Community Methodist Episcopal Church.

Four houses will be on the tour. Clarkdale is a former company-owned town that was built along the City Beautiful Movement concept of the late 1800s. The architectural styles in the historic section of Clarkdale include Mission and Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor, English Cottage, Vernacular Ranch, Eclectic, Bungalow and Craftsman.

Music will be provided by pianist Janice Paul and also guitar music by Ray and Marilyn Sealing. The music and coffee will be served in the Men's Lounge.

"We're not serving lunch this year," Emmett said.

Tours leave from the Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum at 900 First North St. Tickets may be purchased at Jerome Copper Shop, Checkered Past Antiques, Clarkdale Museum, Verde Canyon Railroad, Pure AZ Water and Ice (next door to Harkins Theater in Sedona, Conner Hotel and Sweet Treats.

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