Vince Randal

On Tuesday October 2nd Vince Randal who is the Apache Culture Director for the Yavapai-Apache Nation will be presenting Part 2 of the Tonto Apache Tribe history. Vince will be continuing his oral history of the Tonto Apache and their struggles to get a reservation. This is one you don’t want to miss. The Tonto Apache…

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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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Rim Country – A Brief History

How It All Began The Mogollon Rim is approximately 200 miles long. Starting in northern Yavapai County it runs eastward ending near the border with New Mexico. It is the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau and the reason our area is called Rim Country. This place called the Rim Country embraces a 50 mile…

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A Little Log Cabin with a Big History

haught log cabin

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…

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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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