Camp Verde newcomers have trouble correctly spelling Hollamon Street (so do oldcomers - State Parks regularly sends us news releases with a street called Holloman or Hollomon.) But this spelling issue is usually, eventually, cleared up when people become acquainted with real Hollamons in town.
It's a small detail, after all.
But the innocent question of how to spell the name of the most traveled road in Camp Verde is constantly met with uncertain "Umms" and "I thinks."
Is it Finnie or Finney? Is it a Flat or many Flats? What do the signs say? What do the maps say? What do your utility companies say? All different things, apparently. The road is listed on the Internet in every way possible, so technology only adds to the confusion.
Get an Internet mapping site that decides its own spelling for the road, and you could have trouble getting packages delivered or getting GPS coordinates because of an S - or because of an EY instead of an IE. Talk about getting lost in the details.
Google.com actually has it addressed as Finnie Flats and Finnie Flat on the same stretch of road. Clever.
We have a map in our office that lists it as Finney Flat Road. Let's state right now, that is wrong.
It is definitely Finnie. It is probably Flat.
Finnie Flat Road was named for the Finnie family that made an impact in Camp Verde/Beaver Creek once upon a time.
Robert Finnie (1850-1931) and his brother Dave came to the area in 1883, living at Soda Springs Ranch in Rimrock. Robert bought the former hospital at Fort Verde and moved the building to Soda Springs. He owned most of the land that is now called Finnie Flat. His daughter Virginia Finnie Lowdermilk Webb famously ran the Soda Springs Ranch as a dude ranch.
So it is certainly FINNIE and not FINNEY.
And as far as anyone can tell, there is only one big flat out there. How the S came to be added to so many official addresses is anyone's guess. Maybe for the same reason some people tack an S to the end of Wal-Mart.
It looks like ADOT, which put up the street signs, got it right -- Finnie Flat Road. If only everyone else noticed.