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in eastern Yavapai County between Phoenix and Kingman along Highway 96, about 49 miles west of Prescott. Other nearby communities include Peeples Valley, Congress, Yarnell, Wilhoit, Williamson, Chino Valley and Wickenburg.

Here is a map page for Bagdad and the area.
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History & History Related Items

"Bagdad was the last modern day, independent copper mine that started out as a prospect and was developed without the support of a major company or sister companies into a respectably-producing copper mine. It maintained its independence for about 90 years when it merged with Cyprus Mines Corporation in 1973." (excerpt from "Some Talk about a Copper Mine")

Bagdad was named in 1882 for a copper claim by W.J. Pace and J.M. Murphy. In 1910, a post office was established.

Here is an interesting version of how the name of Bagdad came about from a now defunct website
"Please don't associate our town's name with that of Baghdad, Iraq. Please note the "h". Bagdad has always been a mining town. As legend has it, the first miners were a father and son team. The ore was hauled out on mule teams in bags. (see the "Historical Photos" link) The son would be mining, filling the bags with ore. The father would be getting the things the son needed to mine. When the son needed another bag to fill, he would yell, "bag Dad". Consequently the name Bagdad was derived. It had nothing to do with Iraq."

Take a look at these historical photos of Bagdad.

Bagdad is a small mining community with very affordable housing.
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Information on the Bagdad Mine by the Phelps Dodge Company.

The Burro Creek Recreational Area
north of town on U.S. Highway 97. Supposedly, the area was named after a large population of burros discovered by Army officers in 1869. Burro Creek has hiking, backpacking and camping as well as enjoyment for bird watchers and rock hounds.
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Bagdad City Government

Community Services Cyprus Bagdad Copper Corporation
c/o Koll Management Services
P.O. Box 202
Bagdad, AZ 86321
Phone: (928) 633-4107

Bagdad Historical Events

1976, May
Bagdad High School "Sultans" - Mens Tennis Team wins state championshipo at McClintock High School
Randy Wilcox - Singles Champion
David Hernandez, Norman Wilcox - Doubles 3rd place
Wayne Quijada - Singles 3rd Place
The team went 11-1 that year losing only to Orms ranch. This was the beginning of what would prove to be a very successful Tennis program for years to come.

Bagdad Chamber

Yavapai County Chamber of Commerce
1015 Fair Street
Prescott, AZ 86305-1852

Bagdad Organizations

Yavapai County Chamber of Commerce
1015 Fair Street
Prescott, AZ 86305-1852

Bagdad Libraries

Bagdad Public Library
100 Main St
Bagdad, AZ 86321
Phone: 928-633-2325

Bagdad Schools

Bagdad Public Schools District Office
700 Palo Verde
Bagdad, AZ 86321
Phone: 928-633-4101 Bagdad


The population of Bagdad was:
1990 - 1,858
2000 - 1,578

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