"The history of Winkelman has to be traced back through that of two other small communities which formerly existed in this vicinity.
The first of these was Dudleyville, near the mouth of the San Pedro River. It was in this region that a large number of farmers settled following the survey of 1877 and 1878. Among these people was Dudley Harrington, who established his ranch in 1879. The trip to Florence for supplies and mail became increasingly onerous to the settlers and remained so even when mail was brought to Riverside within twenty miles of the settlers. This situation was remedied in 1881 when a post office was established for the agricultural settlement. The name for the post office was taken from the first name of Dudley Harrington, whose son was the first postmaster.
By 1890 the dangers of overgrazing by cattle on the hills which surrounded the valley became evident. With no grass roots to absorb and hold the rains which fell to the earth, floods washed down from the hills across the valley and into the San Pedro River, which broadened with every flood. Several times the store at Dudleyville was moved to prevent its being washed away by the river.
The coming of the railroad in 1903 resulted in the establishment of an entirely separate post office. The railroad line ran near the ranch owned by Peter Winkelman, a stockman. The third community was known as Feldman, which was located on the Pusch Ranch of which Henry Feldman was manager. Although the post office records say that the name of Dudleyville was changed to Feldman, it is obvious that Feldman was another location."
Post Office Established as Dudleyville May 9,1881, established as Winkelman March 8, 1905.
Barnes, Will C.; Granger, Byrd (ed.) Arizona
Place Names University of Arizona Press. 1960.
Arizona Department of Commerce Community Profiles- Winkleman, Arizona
Winkleman, Arizona Local Government Website
Books/Manuscripts found in the ASU Library Catalog
The archaeological resources of the Winkelman and Black Hills Unit of the Bureau of Land Management / prepared for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management by Lynn S. Teague ; submitted by R. Gwinn Vivian.
plan, Hayden-Winkelman, Arizona.
Items on the Arizona and Southwest Index
CE EPH DTO Winkelman
Ramon Monroy Ramirez
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