A Little Log Cabin with a Big History

haught log cabin

Henry and Sarah Haught come to Rim Country In the summer of 1897 Henry and Sarah arrived in the Arizona Territory.  They brought with them 5 children and Henry’s widowed mother, Mary Ann (“Gaggy”). The family was living in Oklahoma when Henry received word from his cousin Fred Haught that the country in Arizona was…

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Ranger Station Exhibit Coming Soon

Ranger Station Exhibit

One of Arizona’s oldest standing ranger stations will soon be opened to the public. The ranger station dates back to the early 1900’s. It is believed to be the oldest Forest Ranger Station in existence in the Southwest. In the early years the property’s buildings consisted of the ranger station, the ranger’s residence (currently used as…

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A Short History of Tom Horne 1861 – 1903

Tom Horne

Tom Horne was born in Scotland, Missouri in 1861.  At the age of 14 he ran way from home and headed west. He is described as being broad shouldered, over 6′ tall, with a lean and muscular frame, generally handsome but having a prominent nose and small penetrating eyes.  Some said that he could “stare…

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Prohibition and “Payson Dew”

payson dew

On January 17, 1920, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect.  “The manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors…” was banned in Arizona in 1915 – 5 years prior to the national moratorium.  As a result Arizona was the 13th individual state to go “dry” before prohibition became the law of the…

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Tonto Apaches Long Journey Home – Part 3

The Struggle For a Home Continues The primary stumbling block to land acquisition for the Tonto Apaches was the Secretary of Interior’s recommendation to deny tribal status.  His suggestion was to refuse any government services and to prohibit calling acquired land a reservation. In the eyes of the Secretary of the Interior, the Apaches in…

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Tonto Apaches Long Journey Home – Part 2

Photo courtesy Roger Buchanan

Struggle for Recognition and a Reservation Tonto Apaches living at The Camp received none of the government assistance provided to other Indians in Arizona.  They were not recognized as a tribe, therefore,  they were not entitled to reservation land.  There were many bureaucratic hurdles to overcome to obtain land for the Tontos.  Some help came…

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Tonto Apaches Long Journey Home – Part 1

Tonto Apaches Return to Rim Country During the 1890’s and early 1900’s, after confinement at the Camp Verde and San Carlos reservations, the Tonto Apaches returned to Rim Country.  They discovered former campsites and garden areas taken over by whites.  Having no legal claim to their former lands, they moved on to new areas at…

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Rim Country Becomes “Cattle Country”

Cattle Country

The Houston brothers (Sam, Andrew Jackson, and William) came from California and established a ranch at Star Valley.  They brought red, roan, and white Durham cattle to this area. In 1879, the John Sanders family, Mormon settlers, drove cattle from St. George, Utah, to the Gisela area. Joseph Gibson and his family moved into the…

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