St. Johns, Arizona

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St. Johns (Navajo: Tsézhin Deezʼáhí)[3][4] is the only city in and the county seat of Apache County, Arizona, United States.[5] It is located along U.S. Route 180, mostly west of where that highway intersects with U.S. Route 191. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 3,538.[6]



St. Johns was first settled in 1873 by the Barth Brothers. They were bought out in 1879 by Ammon M. Tenney.[7]

St. Johns has been the county seat for almost all of the county's history. When the county was created on February 24, 1879, Snowflake was designated the county seat.[8] After the first election in fall 1879, county government was set up in St. Johns, though it was moved again in 1880, to Springerville; in 1882 St. Johns again became the county seat, and it has remained so ever since.[8]

One of the city's schoolchildren, an eight-year-old boy, was in the news in November 2008 when he was charged with two counts of premeditated murder, accused of killing his father and another man with a .22-caliber rifle.[citation needed]


St. Johns is located at 34°30′7″N 109°22′18″W / 34.50194°N 109.37167°W / 34.50194; -109.37167 (34.501921, -109.371543),[9] near the White Mountains in northeast Arizona.[10] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.1 km²), all of it land.

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