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About Coolidge

History of Coolidge

June 17, 1880 Richard James Jones was born in a little village called Llanyssul in the southern part of Wales. Jones grew up and obtained his education in the small community of Wales. Jones loved to sing. His life long hobbies were fishing and hunting. All during his youth Jones harbored a dream of immigrating to America, but circumstances kept him from realizing this dream until 1904 at the age of 24. It took him six years to work his way to Arizona. Upon his arrival in Arizona, he settled in Phoenix where he established the first battery shop known as Battery and Ignition Shop. He operated this until 1927 and then sold it.

In 1918 Jones married Alma Myrtle Wiggs. Myrtle was born in Rosendale, Missouri in 1883. Myrtle had graduated from Kansas State in Emporia, Kansas with a diploma for teaching. In the early 1900 she traveled to California and then went to Phoenix. At that time Roosevelt Dam was under construction and there was a great need for teachers. She lived in a tent and the schoolhouse was a portable tent. She taught the children of all the engineers and construction workers. After the dam was completed, she moved back to Phoenix met Jones and was married.

In 1924 several things started to happen in the Gila Valley where Jones had purchased the land. The Southern Pacific Railroad built a new main line through the area. The complication of Roosevelt Dam insured adequate water for irrigation and with the rich soil it would be good farming. Jones then realized the strategic location of this land between two principal cities, Phoenix and Tucson. Jones went promptly and vigorously to work, with the purpose in mind to build a city on their land where the railroad crossed.

In May and June 1925, Jones plotted half of his acreage into the original town site and then decided to name it Coolidge in honor of then President Calvin Coolidge whose signature had made the development of the entire area a reality. Jones then laid out the remaining 80 acres as the Jones addition to the town site. Jones built numerous buildings. They took up residence in the town in 1927. Mr. And Mrs. Jones kept an abiding interest in the cultural and moral development. They donated land for religious, education, and fraternal institutions. Jones established the water system, provided the original power plant, and electrical distribution system for the town, which he sold in 1929 to Arizona Edison Co. With the building of banks, ice plant, newspaper, school, ect, the town became well integrated and within five years had grown to 1000.

Jones was a moving force in establishing the chamber of commerce. Myrtle became very active in organizing social and civic affairs to make Coolidge a good community for early settlers. She organized the building of the women club active in PEO, and helped build the library.

Richard Jones died in May 17, 1941.

 

Area Mileage
(mi. from Coolidge)
    Demographics  
Grand Canyon 

183

  Median Household Income  $40,529
Phoenix 

55

  Total Sales Tax for Coolidge

10.7%

Tucson 

60

  City Property Tax 

1.5056%

Bisbee 

65

  City Sales Tax 

3.00% 

Florence 

10

  Pinal County Sales Tax 

1.1%

Casa Grande 

20

  Arizona Sales Tax 

6.60%

Flagstaff 

199

  City of Coolidge Population (2010Census)

11,825

Bioshpere (Oracle) 

43

  Pinal County Population (2010 Census)

375,770

Tombstone 

135

  State of Arizona Population (2010 Census)

6,392,017

Wickenburg 

116

     
Yuma 

165

     
Mexico (Nogales) 

170

     
Bullhead City/Laughlin 

278

     

Average Temperature

 

Hi

Low

Spring

85

49 

Summer

104

71 

Autumn

88

54 

Winter

66

54

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