There are at least 16 towns named Cottonwood in the United States of America. There are 2 fairly large towns named Cottonwood, and both are suburbs of large cities. Cottonwood Height which is part of Salt Lake City, Utah, has a population of more than 33,000 and Cottonwood, Arizona, is home to more than 11,000 people.
There are towns named Cottonwood in at least 14 other places. The 3rd largest Cottonwood is a town in California south of Redding with a population of more than 3,000. There are Cottonwoods in Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, and Minnesota. Texas has a small town named Cotton Flats, and Kansas has Cottonwood Falls, a town of fewer than 1,000 people. There is even a Cottonwood in the state of Alaska, and a tiny town named Cottonwood is in the north eastern corner of Louisiana.
There used to be more than a dozen towns in New Mexico called Cottonwood because of its Spanish heritage. Water is commonly found where Cottonwood trees abound. Alamo is the Spanish word for cottonwood. No towns now exists in New Mexico with the name Cottonwood. The last one has become a ghost town. The Cottonwood town in South Dakota is said to be down to a population of one.
The very common Eastern Cottonwood tree has a leaf that trembles in the slightest breeze. They’re members of the poplar family. They are known for rapid growth and act as wind breaks. Natives used all parts of the Cottonwood and employed them as trail markers.