Normally when we write content for Arizona Tourism, we do research and compile information and then write a narrative about a location, attraction or an event. This information about Cordes Station is a bit different as it’s a first person narrative from the great-great grand daughter of the man that established the station. Although not very long, it will give you a quick history of this piece of unique Arizona.
From Cathy Cordes…
“My great-great grandparents bought Cordes in 1883. Then it was only a small adobe stage station located on the old stage road between Prescott and Phoenix. It was called Antelope until 1886 when they filed for a post office.
The postal dept. said they had to choose a different name because there was already a place called Antelope on the other side of the Bradshaws. They chose their name of Cordes. They soon expanded to serve meals, a black smith shop, bunk houses and a saloon. In 1908 my great grandfather, Charles, took over. He built the store in 1910. In 1937 my grandpa, Henry, took over and kept it open until the late 60’s when I-17 went in and Cordes was bypassed.
When my grandpa heard about the new highway going in he got a small piece of land on the new freeway and built a small Chevron station. It is called Cordes Junction after my grandpa. The old station sat silent until almost 7 years ago when I opened it as a museum and antique store.”
If you need more information please visit Cathy’s website www.CordesStation.com