Is the town Hayden, AZ named after Charles Hayden?

Charles Hayden was the principal of Stone & Hayden, which owned the Kennecott mines. Hayden AZ was founded in 1911 according to the Wikipedia article. I can't think of any other Hayden that Hayden, AZ would be named after...

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According to the wikipedia article about Charles Hayden, he was

Instrumental in the financing of Arizona copper mines and smelters, the smelting community of Hayden, Arizona was named for him.

This is corroborated by such sources as The Encylopedia of Arizona, page 172, local civic booster publications such as this one and an entry on Hayden on a find a gravestone site. (This last gives him a middle name, "Willard", which is not present on his tombstone or in his New York Times obituary.) The "named after" claim is not given in his NYT obituary.

Note that the eponymic Charles Hayden (financier, philanthropist, donor of the Hayden Planetarium) is not the same person as Charles T. Hayden, important in Arizona history as a founder of the city of Tempe and of Arizona State University.

  • Please notice that neither the Wikipedia article on Charles Hayden nor the one on Hayden have any reference to support that claim.
    – Pere
    Commented Aug 19, 2021 at 8:02
  • @Pere Which claim is "that claim"? Commented Aug 19, 2021 at 10:06
  • The claim thay Hayden, Arizona was named after Charles Hayden.
    – Pere
    Commented Aug 19, 2021 at 16:54
  • @Pere You are right. I have edited in some witnesses, but they cite no sources, and are hence equally suspect. One suspects that the New York Times obituary for Hayden (mentioned in his WP entry) has something to say on the topic, too, but if it did it would probably be equally unsourced. Commented Aug 19, 2021 at 23:29
  • Well, a New York Times obituary is far from perfect but it would be a better source than an unreferenced claim in Wikipedia (or in StackExchange), which could just be a guess that seemed reasonable (or even obvious) to the editor who wrote it. In other questions such a guess would add some value, but in this question the OP already made that guess (or is aware of it) and is asking for confirmation. I think your last edition actually answers the question. +1
    – Pere
    Commented Aug 20, 2021 at 9:26

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