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Fort Thomas




Safford (County Seat)



Turkey Flat

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Information & Facts about Graham County, Arizona

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All of Arizona is on the Mountain Standard Time - year round. When other parts of the country go on daylight savings time, Arizona remains on standard time.


Graham County Courthouse
800 Main Street
Safford, AZ 85546-2829
Phone: (928) 428-3250
FAX: (928) 428-5951

Graham County Government Website

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1990 - 26,554
1996 - 30,780
1999 - 31,998
2000 - 33,489

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Graham County is located in southeastern Arizona. It is bordered on the north by Apache and Navajo Counties. On the West, it shares the border with Gila County and a very small portion of Pima County. To the south is Cochise County and on the east is Greenlee County.

The county contains part of the San Carlos Indian Reservation

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With various parts of the county having different types of weather, the climate may change from place to place

Average high: 80 degrees F
Average low: 46.3 degrees F.

Average precipitation: 9 inches per year

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Other Facts and Figures:

Median Household Income:
2000 - $29,668

Median Family Income:
2000 - $34,417

Per capita Income:
2000 - $12,139

Housing Units:
2000 - 11,430

Median age:
2000 - 31 years

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This area has an early Indian heritage with many village sites, burial grounds and mounds. It was the last refuge for Indian chief, Geronimo, where the US Government fought battles with him and his warriors until he was captured.

The next influx of settlers came around the mid-1800's when Mormon settlers came into the area to establish towns and settlements. They worked the land and brought irrigation to the area which helped them to create permanent homes and communities. Once the water was channeled, many others began to come to live. Spanish settlers from Mexico came up around the 1870's and settled in an area north of Safford which they named Sanchez after Lorenzo Sanchez, one of the early pioneers.

Graham county was established in 1881 from Apache and Pima Counties. Joseph Knight Rogers, who was an early settler and a member of the territorial legislature, introduced the bill to the legislature that created the new county. Safford, the county seat, was named for Anson Pacely Killen Safford, an early Territorial Governor. The county was named after Mount Graham, the highest peak in the area at 10,516 feet above sea level. The mountain was named for Lt. Colonel James Duncan Graham who was part of Gen. Kearneys team of topographical engineers.

Graham County Ghost Towns

A history page for the county

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The area is mostly high desert plains with mountains. Year-round water is found in this area which is not common in the state. The Gila River, Bonita Creek and numerous underground water flows all contribute to this uniqueness. Because of the combination of water, mountains and desert, this area is called a transition area between major biomes. In a transition area, both sets of plant and animal life appear. Graham County has a wide variety of animal and bird life. It is also designated as a Riparian area, one of only two in the country. A Riparian area is one near running water which supports water loving plants, water birds and amphibians. The Pinaleno Mountains are one of the several ranges in the county.

Total area: 4,641 square miles
Land area: 4,629 square miles
Water area: 12 square miles

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US GenWeb Project page for Graham County

The Graham County Courthouse does not contain any Birth, Marriage, or Death Records. These may be obtained from The Division of Records and Statistics, State Department of Health, Phoenix, 85007. They have birth and death records available since that July 1909. And also, similar records originating in the county seat since 1887

Cemeteries of Graham County

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Safford Public Library

Safford City - Graham County Library
808 South 7th Avenue
Safford, AZ 85564
Phone: 928-348-3202

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Graham County Superintendent of Schools
School Districts in the county

Eastern Arizona College
3714 W. Church St.
Thatcher, AZ 85552
Toll-free: 1-800-678-3808

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Graham County Economic Development Commission
1111 Thatcher Blvd.
Safford, AZ 85546
Phone: 928-428-2511

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Organizations & Groups

Graham County Historical Society
Box 127
Safford, AZ 85548

Graham County Chamber of Commerce
1111 Thatcher Blvd
Safford, Arizona 85546
Phone: 928-428-2511

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Attractions & Other Information

Butterflies of Graham County

Graham County Museum
3430 W. Main St. (Highway 70)
Thatcher, AZ
Phone: 928-348-0470

Graham County Travel & Tourism

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