Gehlert, Ariola Interview – Podcast February 24, 2020

Mike Cosentino’s Magical Tour Of Old Town Cottonwood. Mike, Steve and Klaus welcome George Gehlert and Jim Ariola to discuss the transformation of Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona.

Once known as the “Biggest Little Town In Arizona,” it began as a mining and ranching community. Since then it has undergone a number of transformations. It featured speakeasies and bootleggers in the 1920s. Later, it was host to movie stars who appeared in films that were made in the area. “By the 1990s, things were pretty dead down there,” says Jim. But, through the work of a lot of people, it has experienced a renaissance. Now it’s a tourist attraction that’s home to lots of restaurants, seven wine tasting rooms, boutique hotels, shops and bars all in a three-block stretch.

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