Tour Stop #5:
Head House, c. 1873

17 Salt Mine Road, Camp Verde, AZ 86322

William Stanford Head was a central figure during Camp Verde’s founding years. Head acquired the nickname “Boss” after the way he bullied the territorial legislature after his appointment in the late 1870s. In 1870, Head purchased the sutler business from Wales Arnold and Hugh Richards, and began constructing the adobe Sutler’s Store (Stop 6) in 1871. Head & Co. controlled a sizeable portion of Yavapai County’s early commerce, and bid for contracts to supply wood, hay, and grain to Camp Verde and Fort Whipple (Prescott).

The Head House is architecturally significant as an excellent example of vernacular construction and as Camp Verde’s oldest surviving civilian-built structure. While the builder is unknown, it may have been Edwin Nurser/Nursey, a local master stonemason who built the Clear Creek Church and the Henry Wingfield House. The Head House is constructed of locally quarried ashlar limestone with sandstone lintels. The house has a central stairwell, four-inch tongue-and-groove flooring, bulls-eye molding on the interior window and door trim, and a stained glass transom over the five-panel front door.

The Head House remains a private residence; visitation is not permitted.

Historic Walking Tour

Tour Stop 1


Camp Verde Grammar School
Tour Stop 2


Grandma’s Rental Cottages
Tour Stop 3


Dance Hall
Tour Stop 4


Stage Stop and Boarding House
Tour Stop 5


Head House
Tour Stop 6


Sutler’s Store/Wingfield Building/CV State Bank
Tour Stop 7


Verde Valley Mercantile Company
Tour Stop 8


Joe Lane’s Red Star Saloon
Tour Stop 9


Wingfield Store/Boler’s Bar
Tour Stop 10


Civil Works Administration Jail
Tour Stop 11


Old Camp Verde High School
Tour Stop 12


Hance House
Tour Stop 13


Camp Verde Armory