HISTORY OF WENDEN
Wenden was established as Wendendale in 1905, by Otis E. Young, after his hometown in Pennsylvania, where he owned a farm called Wendendale. The first post office opened on August 3, 1905, with Harry B. Hanna as postmaster and the name Wendendale persisted until August 7, 1909, when it officially was changed to Wenden. The town was basically founded as a supply depot for the mines in the area. In 1907, Wells Fargo Co. established an office in Wenden for the shipping of gold.
Today Wenden is known as the “GATEWAY TO ALAMO LAKE ”, one of Arizona’s best bass lakes. It is also the home of the famous “Buzzard’s Roost”.
There are hundreds of miles of OHV riding trails located near this wonderful little town. Home to Alamo Lake, this lake is one of the best places to fish for bass in Arizona. The crystal clear lake is surrounded by mountain terrain and speckled with brush, wildflowers and cactus for a wonderful photographic experience. Just in case you want to do some exploring on your own, the Harquahala Peak Smithsonian Observatory and Dick Wick Hall's Historical marker and Gravesite are nearby.
Points of Interest:
Harquahala Peak Smithsonian Observatory
Built in 1920 to record and observe solar activity, the Harquahala Peak Smithsonian Observatory is something every history or astronomy buff will want to see. Be aware that the road leading to the observatory is steep in places and quite rugged, so four-wheel drive is required.
Dick Wick Hall's Historical Marker and Gravesite
See a site dedicated to Arizona’s most famous humourist, Dick Hall. Hall is a local legend, having brought his unique brand of humour to various aspects of the community. Come to Salome in the fall to attend Dick Wick Hall Days.