Chino Valley, First Arizona Capital

Del Rio Springs historical monument, Chino Valley, Arizona

This monument along Highway 89 in the central Arizona highlands is near the site of Camp Whipple, an Army Calvary post at which the first territorial government of Arizona was established in 1864. It’s located just north of the town of Chino Valley in Yavapai County, about 15 miles north of the present county seat, Prescott.

The historical marker reads:

“Del Rio Springs / Site of original Camp Whipple / Established December 1863 / From January 22 to May 18, 1864 the offices of the Territorial government of Arizona were operated from tents and log cabins here before being moved to Prescott, the first permanent capital.”

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