This is a private, historic, grand ole house built back in the 30’s. Located privately less than 2 minutes from town. The house has 2 bedrooms (queen’s), 1 bathroom, a huge living room( with a futon and another single bed) , a micro kitchen and a big beautiful deck and yard. The new kitchen is still being renovated back to it’s historic glory and may be available for use in 2021. This house is $300/night with discounts for additional nights.Call the manager when you arrive in Crown King. She will take you to the house personally.
Countess Agnes Mio da Minotto was a well known actress and amateur painter of the turn of 20th century. She was born in 1862 in Breslau Germany (later Poland), began her stage career in her home town and started in 1883 under the pseudonym of Agnes Sorma at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. In 1890 she married the Venetian Count Demetrius da Minotto. From 1898 she went in tournées to France, Italy and the Orient. From 1904 to 1908 she performed again (under Max Reinhard) at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. After the WWI and the death of her husband in 1920 she moved Chicago and then in 1925 to the gold camp of Crown King Arizona.
Her son James Minotto had married Idamae Swift of Chicago Swift Meat Packing business and came to Arizona to manage ranches between Phoenix and Prescott. The Countess made her home in Crown King to be close to her son where she enjoyed rides on horseback and visiting her neighbors in the Nelson and Harrington families.
Her House was built from what appears to have been a kit in the Arts & Crafts Style that included steam heat and electric lighting. Both rare luxuries in 1925 Crown King. Electricity was provided by a gasoline generator and glass wet cell batteries located in the rock power room at the rear of her house. The builder is thought to be Tom Anderson who owned and operated the Crown King Saloon. The horse barn is located above and to the north of the main house and has been remodeled into a year round cottage.
On August 1926 She was thrown from her horse which resulted in the breaking of her hip. Railroad service to Crown King had ended but a “special” unscheduled train was sent to transport her to Prescott for treatment. She returned to Crown King with full time nurse to care for her as she healed. The Nurse meet young Hugh Nelson from across the road and they were soon married.
The Countess aged 63 is said to have recovered from her fall but was also suffering from heart disease and died suddenly at home on February 11th (?) 1927 in Crown King Arizona. She was buried temporarily in Crown King, and her remains later moved to be interned next to her husband in the family crypt at Lake Wansee Germany on September 7, 1927.