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By Daisy Johnson

Tucked away in the northern end of the historic Arizona Strip, and just south of Kanab, Utah, lies Fredonia, Arizona ... a hidden gem.

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Dixon Spendlove shares some history with guests at the Red Pueblo Museum.

Settled in 1885 by Mormon pioneers, there is some debate concerning how Fredonia received its name. Some say it is derived from the combination of “free” and the Spanish word “doña,” a hybrid word contrived to mean “free woman,” referring to the women of polygamist families who would leave Utah and come to the area to avoid prosecution. Others say it is simply a word that means freedom.

Regardless of which version you choose to believe, Fredonia offers an understated western experience, with opportunities for both recreation and relaxation.

Avoid crowds and take a dip in the town pool or relax on the cool green grass in the public park. Visit the Red Pueblo Museum and check out ancient Native American artifacts and a real dug-out home.

Or, use Fredonia as a base camp for your adventures to one of the many sites in the surrounding area, including: the Grand Canyon, Pipe Spring National Monument, Kaibab National Forest, Toroweap, and anywhere else that fuels your sense of freedom.

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