The Territorial Years – Part 2

  The Move Toward Statehood In 1910 Congress passed legislation enabling a constitutional convention for Arizona. The constitution created by the 41 Democratic and 11 Republican delegates called for: legislators of both houses to be elected every 2 years to serve a 2-year term low pay for the Governor popular elections of judges all officials, […]

Ranger Station Exhibit

Ranger Station Exhibit Coming Soon

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 […]



We are excited to be a part of Payson’s ADVENTURE WHERE WE LIVE program. Download the app at for information and directions to more that 60 attractons and events in the Payson/Rim Country. You’ll have the opportunity to collect points when visiting participating attractions and merchants. Collecting points earns the chance to win one […]

Deming Pioneer Park

Deming Pioneer Park Re-Opening

The Northern Gila County Historical Society, Inc. (NGCHS) and Payson Parks & Recreation would like to announce the grand “reopening” of Deming Pioneer Park, located at the corner of Main St. and McLane (the Boardman’s façade).  The small park was originally dedicated in 2004 to honor Rim Country pioneers.  There are 22 display windows in […]