Cottonwood home to shopping, hidden tunnels

COTTONWOOD, AZ - Just a little over one hundred miles north of Phoenix along the Verde River is Cottonwood, Arizona. 

Settlers began to arrive in Cottonwood in the 1870's, home to primarily ranch and cattle land. However, as the town grew, Cottonwood became a prime spot for prohibition in Arizona, which began in 1915.  

In-fact throughout Old Town Cottonwood were tunnels, some spanning for blocks underground. Today those tunnels have been sealed off, but some businesses and homes still have signs of the bootleggers network. 

Pawz on Main a local pet boutique, formally a pharmacy in Cottonwood, has a hatch in a backroom that leads to a cellar where you can see what's left of a bootlegging tunnel. Al Capone even came through Cottonwood to check on the bootlegging and supposedly carved his name in the wall at the old town jail house, still visible today. 

Today, Cottonwood welcomes around 5,000 visitors a month, with shopping, dining, a nearby train ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad and even a visit to Page Springs Cellars to enjoy some local Arizona wine and see some of the original Cottonwood ranch land.  

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