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The Cities and communities of Greenlee County, Arizona*

Apache Grove, Aragon Place

Blue, Blue Vista

Carlton Vista, Cleaveland, Clifton (County Seat)


East Plantsite

Fox, Franklin

Granville, Guthrie

Hannagan Meadow



Sheldon, Sprucedale, Spur Cross, Stargo, Strayhorse

Three Way

Whispering Pines


*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Information & Facts about Greenlee County, Arizona

Attractions & other Information - Climate - Economy - Genealogy - Geography -
Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools

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.


Greenlee County Official Site

County Courthouse
253 Fifth St.
P.O. Box 908
Clifton, AZ 85533
Phone: 928-865-2072
FAX: 928-865-4417

The Great Seal of Greenlee County

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1990 - 8,008
1996 - 9,330
1999 - 9,018
2000 - 8,547
2002 - 8,605

2008 - 8,002

2000 - 5 persons per square mile

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Greenlee County is located in south eastern Arizona.

Neighboring counties:
North - Apache County
South - Cochise County
Southeast - Hidalgo County, New Mexico
East - Catron County, New Mexico
East - Grant County, New Mexico
West - Graham County

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Average Annual Rainfall: 14.4 inches
Average Annual Snowfall: 6.9 inches
Average Summer high: 96.4 degrees F.
Average Winter low: 26.8 degrees F.

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Other Facts and Figures:

Median household income:
2000 - $39,384
2008 - $53,654

Median family income:
2000 - $43,523

Per capita income:
2000 - $15,814

Housing Units:
2000 - 3,744
2008 - 3,794

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Greenlee County was formed from Graham County in 1909 as Arizona's 14th county. It was named for Mason Greenlee, an early Clifton settler. Graham County felt they would lose revenue from Clifton if a new county was formed, so they opposed the division. The first county seat was Clifton. It has remained the seat since that time.

A history page for the county and a biographical page for Mason Greenlee, for whom the county was named.

Greenlee County celebrated their Centennial in 1909 with celebration throughout the year.

Ghost Towns of Greenlee County

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Greenlee County has great range in its terrain from high alpine country over 8,000 feet above sea level in the northern portions to desert areas in the southern part of the county. Given this range, there is dramatic differences in topography, climate and weather as you traverse the county area.

Average elevation: 4,108 feet above sea level

Total area: 1,848 square miles
Total land area: 1,847 square miles
Total water area: 1 square mile

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US GenWeb Project page for Greenlee County

Vital records, other than birth and death records may be found at the Greenlee County Clerk. Please write to:
P.O. Box 1625
Clifton, Arizona 85533-1625
Phone: 928-865-4242
Please call for current costs

Birth and death records may be found through the State of Arizona
Department of Health Services
Vital Records Division
P O Box 3887
Phoenix, AZ 85030
Phone: 602-255-3260.

Cemeteries of Greenlee County

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Greenlee County Library System
P.O. Box 115
Duncan, AZ 85534
Phone: 575-358-2926

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Greenlee County Superintendent of Schools
253 Fifth St.
P.O. Box 1595
Clifton, AZ 85533
Phone: 928-865-2822

Duncan Unified School District #2

Morenci Schools

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The main industries of the county are ining and stock raising. Copper and related industries are also prevalent with the Morenci mining district providing about 18% of the world copper production.

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Organizations & Groups

Greenlee County Historical Society
P.O. Box 787
Clifton, AZ 85533
Phone: 928-865 3115

Greenlee County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1237
Clifton, AZ 85533-1237
Phone 928-865-3313.

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Attractions & Other Information

The Clifton Cliff Jail was built out of the side of a mountain in 1878. The convicted were previous punished with work in the mines, but many escaped. The Lesinsky brothers, who built the first copper smelter here, felt something more needed to be done. The work was hired out and the jail carved and blasted out of the cliff. Massive bars were used to dissuade anyone from trying to escape. No one ever did escape from the cliff jail.

Rock Hunting is a popular sport in the county with large deposits of many gems and rocks throughout the area.

Morenci Mining District

Greenlee County Fair & Racing
Fairgrounds Rd
Duncan, AZ 85534
Phone: 928-359-9037

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