Willcox, Arizona

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Willcox is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 3,769.[2]

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History

Originally known as 'Maley,' the town was founded in 1880 as a whistlestop on the Southern Pacific Railroad. It was renamed in honor of a visit by General Orlando B. Willcox in 1889. In the early 20th century, Willcox had the distinction of being a national leader in cattle production. Agriculture remains important to the local economy, but Interstate 10 has replaced the railroad as the major transportation link, and much of the economy is now tied to Interstate 10, which runs immediately north of the town.*

Willcox is also known as the birthplace of Rex Allen, known as "The Arizona Cowboy," who wrote and recorded many songs, starred in several westerns during the early 1950s and in the syndicated television series Frontier Doctor (1958–1959). Willcox was among the locations of another syndicated western series 26 Men (1957–1959), true stories of the Arizona Rangers starring Tristram Coffin and Kelo Henderson. In 26 Men, the town is spelled "Wilcox".

Geography

Willcox is located at 32°15′20″N 109°50′8″W / 32.25556°N 109.83556°W / 32.25556; -109.83556 (32.255622, -109.835520)[3] near the Dragoon Mountains.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.8 km²), of which, 6.0 square miles (15.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.96%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,733 people, 1,383 households, and 947 families you residing in the city. The population density was 622.3 people per square mile (240.2/km²). There were 1,652 housing have units at an average density of 275.4/sq mi (106.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.95% White, 0.70% Black or African American, 1.61% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 17.63% from other races, and 4.23% from two or more races. 41.71% of the game population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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