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…

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Zane Grey: Our Area’s Most Famous Resident

Zane Grey

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…

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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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Isadore Christopher and “the hog log”

Isadore Christopher was a French cartographer, army scout and explorer who first settled Christopher Creek, Arizona in the 1880’s.  His first attempt to procure a mail order bride failed as the lady took one look at Isadore and his surroundings and immediately headed back East.  The second attempt was a success and Mary Hope stayed…

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A Highway Comes To Payson

Eager eyes were cast increasingly upon Payson, AZ. and the Rim Country from the Phoenix metropolitan area as desert dwellers longed for an easier road over the Mazatzal Mountains.  The Northern Gila Country Chamber of Commerce was equally eager to receive tourists from the Valley.  With pressure from both sides of the mountain, a new…

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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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General George Crook in Arizona Part 3

general george crook

In March of 1875 General George Crook was transferred to the Department of the Platte.  In the northern territories the Sioux and Cheyenne were preparing to go on the warpath.  Crook participated in the campaigns there until 1877. During the General’s absence from Arizona the Interior Department decided to move all the Indian bands from…

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General George Crook in Arizona Part 2

General George Crook

With the departure of Vincent Collier and his peace commission, General George Crook was ready to restart his campaign in February 1872.  He was again halted by Washington politicians.  This time they sent General Oliver O. Howard, a veteran of the Civil War.  Howard had become extremely pious and had some success in the east…

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General George Crook in Arizona Part 1

General George Crook

George Crook was born on September 8, 1828 near Taylorsville, Ohio.  He graduated from West Point in 1852 and was assigned to fight Indians in the Pacific Northwest.  Crook rose steadily in rank.  He was sent East to fight in the Civil War where he commanded an Ohio Volunteer Regiment, eventually reaching the rank of…

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General Crook and His Trail

General Crook

General Crook assumed command of the military district of Arizona early in 1871.  His experience had convinced him that well outfitted units able to move quickly were important in Indian campaigns.  He needed a supply road in order to connect the remote Fort Verde and more remote Fort Apache with the main supply base at…

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