Wilford, Arizona Territory Founder
Head of the Adams family, and founder of Wilford. My estimate would be that at its maximum Wilford had 20 to 30 inhabitants. Like many places that seemed to be good for settling, the lack of water and the Edmunds Act of 1885 eventually spelled the demise of Wilford.
Wilford, Arizona was a town in Navajo County, Arizona located approximately 7 miles south of Heber, along Black Canyon Rd. During the 1880s, discouraged Little Colorado River settlers began migrating to the forests of the Mogollon Rim. The town of Wilford was settled in April 1883 by a group of Latter-day Saints from the failed Brigham City settlement. Originally called "Adam's Valley", after founder (Jerome Jefferson Adams), the name was changed to "Wilford", President Wilford Woodruff, fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), at a quarterly stake conference in August 1883.