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in southeastern Arizona near the New Mexico Border. The Gila River runs through Duncan. It is also near the town of Franklin. Clifton is 25.9 miles north of the town with Safford and Thatcher around 43 miles to the northwest.
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History & History Related Items

Here is a history summary for Duncan.

Duncan was first known as Purdy. When the Arizona and New Mexico Railroad came through in the early 1880s, the name was changed to Duncan. There are two versions for the naming of the town. One says it was named for James Duncan who was with the Arizona Copper Company. The other story said the rail stop was owned by a man named Duncan Smith. During this "wild west" time period, this out-of-the way town was a stop and watering point for many of the outlaws of the era.
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The incorporation of Duncan



Greenlee County Fair & Racing
Fairgrounds Rd
Duncan, AZ 85534
Phone: 928-359-9037

Duncan is a great place to go rock hounding. Many different types of rocks are present for the collector, including small geodes, obsidian, and fire agate. A great place to go look is at the Lazy B Ranch just west of Duncan, which straddles the AZ/NM border. Take Highway 70 west past the NM state line. Shortly after the state line will be the turnoff to the Lazy B Ranch to the south. Signs are available to the public directing them to the rockhound area.

The Lazy B Ranch, located near Duncan, was owned for many years by the Day family and was the childhood home of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner.
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Duncan City Government

Town of Duncan
506 SE Old West Highway
P.O. Box 916
Duncan, Arizona 85534
Phone: 928-359-2791
Fax: 928-359-9146

Duncan Libraries

Duncan Public Library
Main St At High St
Duncan, AZ 85534
Phone: 928-359-2094

Duncan Schools

Duncan Unified District 2
108 Stadium St
Duncan, AZ 85534
Phone: 928-359-2472 Duncan


The population of Duncan was:
1990 - 662
2000 - 812
2002 - 744

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