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Owens Sawmill Comes to Payson

In the late 1880’s, August Pieper staked claims on the land from south McLane Road east beyond what would eventually become State Highway 87.  More than half a century later, the sons of Frank Owens eyed it as a perfect place for their sawmill.  In 1951 the Owens family located their sawmill in the old […]

haught log cabin

A Little Log Cabin with a Big History

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 […]


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 […]



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 […]



Representatives from Rim Country Museum recently returned from the Spring Gift Show in Phoenix. Here they are working hard to select items we know you will like! Stop by the best gift shop in Payson.  Or – order online! You will be delighted – and probably surprised – at the wide selection – of merchandise […]

Zane Grey

A Zane Grey Q & A with Lita Nicholson

When was Zane Grey born? He was born on January 31, 1872,  in Zanesville, Ohio.  His name was originally Pearl Zane Gray.  He changed it to Zane Grey after he wrote his first western novel. Was he married? Yes.  He married Lina Roth in 1905.  He always called her Dolly and she called him Doc.  […]


Zane Grey Armed Services Editions Now on Display

There is a new item on display in the Zane Grey Cabin.  It represents an era that many feel was responsible for bringing back the popularity of Grey’s books.  On a table that displays the books he wrote using the Rim Country as the setting, sits a small pocket-sized paper-covered copy of the Armed Services […]

Zane Grey

Zane Grey: Our Area’s Most Famous Resident

In his writings, Zane Grey was rather straightforward.  As the reader, you normally could expect that his main character would be a man running from a negative past.  Before you finished the book, the reasonably dashing man would have righted a few wrongs, stolen the heart of a girl that suffered great anguish and eventually […]

Tom Horne

A Short History of Tom Horne 1861 – 1903

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 […]