Black Canyon City, Arizona

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Black Canyon City is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. The population was 2,697 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Black Canyon City is located at 34°4′11″N 112°8′22″W / 34.06972°N 112.13944°W / 34.06972; -112.13944 (34.069719, -112.139466),[1] at an elevation of 1,975 feet (602 m).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 20.0 square miles (51.7 km²), all of it land.

Black Canyon City is located in southern Yavapai County and is approximately 47 miles north of Phoenix. Included in the southern part of Black Canyon City is the community of Rock Springs.[3] It is served by Interstate 17 which bisects the City. I-17 is the main north-south freeway between Phoenix and Flagstaff. The Agua Fria river runs right through the center of Black Canyon City and the river empties into Lake Pleasant to the southwest.

Black Canyon City is becoming a bedroom exurb of Phoenix with the continued rapid growth of Phoenix northward.[citation needed] The assessed value of Black Canyon City property more than doubled between 2000 and 2007.[4]

History

Black Canyon City has been known by several names in the past, including Goddard, Canon, and Black Canyon. It was a stage stop on the Phoenix to Prescott line, a military stopover en route to Fort Whipple and Fort Verde during Territorial days, and a supply center for mines in the southern Bradshaw Mountains. The area was first settled by Americans in the 1870s, and the first post office was established as Canon in 1894. A famous early settler was Jack Swilling, who moved here in 1871. His house still stands, and is the oldest building in the community.[4][5]

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