By the end of our week in Sedona, we had seen a lot of the major sites and enjoyed the outdoor activities and adventures. It was time (in the mom's opinion, at least!) for a little educational outing. I had been reading "Vanishing Arizona," a memoir from an Army wife who was stationed with her soldier husband to various western outposts in the late 1800s. After visiting Fort Verde, I could envision exactly the life she described. The site has a small museum, with nice exhibits and a good selection of books for sale. You can enter the three extant buildings, including a bachelor's barracks and a doctor's house. It was hot out there in the desert, so try to go as early as you can. I can't imagine living there! On your way out of town, you can spot some "ghost town" type buildings, including an old jail and a hotel.
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