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Naming Arizona (access required)

The 1873 and 1876 migrations into Arizona Territory by the Church of Latter-day Saints (LDS) primarily followed the wildly fluctuating course of the Little Colorado River. Town sites initially established at river's edge were often washed out, which caused settlers to move to higher ground. The settlers usually located at sites that were already occupied by others, and today's names of these locations often reflect LDS heritage. Following is a brief history of the names of some of these areas.

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