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Learn why we call the area around Payson, AZ Rim Country and read some of the fascinating stories about the people that tamed this wild country.


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 […]


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”

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 […]