Payson Book Festival

The Rim Country Museum will be participating in the Payson Book Festival.  Come see books on local history unique to the museum.

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Wildlife Festival

The annual Wildlife Festival sponsored by the Arizona Game & Fish, US Forest Service and Mogollon Sporting Association will be held at Green Valley Park. Kids and Adults can fish for free and you can even borrow equipment right at the Free Fishing Booth. Come out and meet great wildlife from Birds of Prey to…

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Roger Naylor

Roger Naylor has been a full-time freelance travel writer specializing in the Southwest for the past dozen years. The vast majority of everything he write’s is about Arizona. For several years he wrote for Arizona Highways. His work has been featured in USA Today, Go Escape, Budget Travel, Western Art & Architecture, Route 66 Magazine,…

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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…

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Deming Pioneer Park Re-Opening

Deming Pioneer Park

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…

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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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