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WILLCOX

Originally known as Maley, Willcox was incorporated as a stop along the Southern Pacific Railroad line in 1880. After being renamed in honor of General Orlando B. Willcox, the small town in Southeastern Arizona evolved into one of the nation's leading producers of cattle, thanks to the abundance of surrounding ranch land. But beef isn't the only thing Willcox has produced. "Arizona Cowboy" Rex Allen was born in Willcox, and so was country singer Tanya Tucker, who, in a previous edition of this magazine, said she'd like to take Willie Nelson on a pack trip to look for Cochise's burial site. Today, Willcox is best known for its winter population of sandhill cranes, which will take center stage at the 20th Annual Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival (January 16-20).

— Kelly Vaughn Kramer


 
FOUNDED
1880
  AREA
6.1 square miles
  ELEVATION
4,100 feet
  COUNTY
Cochise
 

Information: Willcox Chamber of Commerce, 800-200-2272 or www.willcoxchamber.com; Wings Over Willcox, www.wingsoverwillcox.com

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