Discover the History of Christopher Creek
Christopher Creek and the surrounding area has some amazing stories full of history about this beautiful and challenging area. Enjoy stories about the Pueblo people, cowboys, adventure seekers and more!
Rim Country Places - Rye, AZ
The year was 1864 when King Woolsey led a citizen militia in the first white invasion of Tonto Apache territory. They came up the East Verde River from the Verde Valley and followed a drainage southeast to the river hey called Tonto Creek. After giving Tonto Creek its name, they assumed the way they had come was the north fork of the To11to, and so it was called until a few years later when military detachments were invading the Tonto Basin. They followed the north fork up to the East Verde and then into...
Abandoned Mineral Belt Railroad Tunnel
IN 1881, BUSINESSMAN JAMES EDDY was struck by inspiration. Northern Arizona was connected to the rest of the country by transcontinental railways and was dense with ponderosa pine forests and a burgeoning timber industry. Southern Arizona, meanwhile, was even more populated, and the isolated mining boomtowns in the deserts were home to some of the richest silver and copper veins in the world. If he could connect the south to the railroad network in the north, he would stand to make a fortune.
The Story of the Zane Grey Cabin
Although numerous parts of the world have legitimate reasons for calling themselves "Zane Grey Country." It was the Mogollon Rim of central Arizona that Grey referred to as his "beloved."
Mogollon Rim - Arizona's Hidden Beauty
Carved majestically out of the high-desert landscape, the Mogollon Rim - extending from tributaries of the Grand Canyon to Sante Fe, New Mexico - is a wilderness rampart of exceptional beauty.
Homesteading in Arizona 1870-1942
People often apply the term "homestead" to any ranch, farm, or rural home in Arizona. The term implies a self-sufficient, usually rural, and often bucolic lifestyle. Learn more about what it was like to set up a homestead in Christopher Creek from 1870-1942.
ARIZONA'S MIGHTY BACKBONE
The Mogollon Rim
The Mogollon Rim - Arizona's mighty backbone is an epic in natural, human history. It is a wilderness rampart of ethereal beauty, carved majestically into unmatched proportions.
Leo, the crash-landing lion, comes back to life at museum
The saga of Leo the MGM Lion's unexpected landing in the Rim country has become lore around these parts, nearly as much a part of Payson's history as Zane Grey himself.
Exploring 260 History
Under the "'mighty backbone" of Arizona, the Mogollon Rim, the Tonto Basin was finally secured against the Apaches in the late 1800s. Under the Iim, a road was slowly taking shape. From ruts and good cow trails to wagon tracks in the dirt, graded, then graveled, and finally blacktopped in the early 60s, it slowly forged its purpose--to assist an odd assortment of miners, cattle ranchers, farmers, lumber men, hunters and fishermen traveling from Payson to their homesteads, ranches, farms and businesses to the East.
Gordon Canyon Bridge
The Gordon Canyon Bridge was one of 2 large bridges that were built by ADOT to connect communities below the Mogollon Rim to the Top of the Rim. This was quite an engineering marvel. Click the link below to learn more about how this bridge was built and its significance.
History of the Hashknife Pony Express
The Hashknife Pony Express makes its ride every January/February traveling 200 miles from Holbrook to Scottsdale, Arizona, and delivering 20,000 first-class letters by horseback. The ride is led by the Navajo County Hashknife Sheriff's Posse. More than two dozen riders in authentic cowboy clothing carry the mail, relaying the bags along the route. The ride ends in Scottsdale with the ending ceremony at the Museum Of The West on Marshall Way.
Settling of Christopher Creek
Some of the Rim Country characters were ephemeral -that is, they were here only a short time, almost lost between the pages of local history. However their lives intertwined 1'11h other pioneer families while they were here, and notice needs to be made of the· contribution they made to the settlement of the Rim Country. This is the story of two of those "short-term" families.
Settling of Christopher Creek
Oh how this scene must have looked to Ol' Isadore Christopher when he first
saw the tall pines, the green grazing grasses and, the clear water running over rocks in this fresh untouched land. Read More
The Life of Christopher Creek Pioneers
Folks settle in Christopher Creek for many reasons - its natural beauty and cool summer climate; its charming summer colony atmosphere, its friendliness. Read this story about early Christopher Creek Pioneers and life they carved out under the Mogollon Rim.
55 Years of Realty Executives and Beyond
As we celebrate our roots and future successes, we take a look back at the history of Realty Executives and the significant times that changed our course and helped us get to where we are today. Founded in 1965, Realty Executives is one of the largest and most established real estate franchisors in the industry. With over 500 offices and 8,000 agents, it is the only brand that is named after its people- the Executives.
When Columbus Settled Bear Flat
Downstream from the mouth of Christopher Creek we come to the last homestead before Tonto Creek flows through a large wilderness area on its way to the Tonto Basin. The homestead is known as Bear Flat, and its settlement brings to mind the life style of the area's pioneer families.
Kohl's Ranch History
In 1917, the Kohl family purchased a ranch that had been homesteaded in 1896. The ranch included the area that is now a neighborhood of approximately 123 cabins know as Kohl’s Tonto Creek Subdivision. In addition to raising cattle, the family had many vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Their ranch house stood where the current Kohl's Ranch Lodge is now located.
Oddities 2: Sidesaddles vetoed
Arizona’s Rim Country was no place for Eastern high-society, and if females pranced about on sidesaddles it would be the laughingstock of pioneers and ranchers. But there was one Eastern heiress, Nathalie Huntress Smith, who came to Arizona for her health and being a horsewoman brought her sidesaddle with her. However, she soon learned that sidesaddles were not only unacceptable socially they were impractical “out West.” When she married local rancher Lewis Pyle in 1952 she was soon “riding astride” like all the other local girls and ladies.
Rim Country Legends
by Stan Brown
The subject of water in Arizona continues to provoke discussion and speculation. This is not surprising since our state is considered part of the Upper Sonoran Desert and deserts are not know to be flush with water. However, visitors do not panic over talk of a shortage because in the Rim Country water seems to be everywhere.
What's a Haught?
by Beth Counseller
The Haught family tree is as indigenous to the Rim country as the ponderosa pine.
Take a look in the Frontier Telephone Directory under "Haught" (rhymes with "taught") and you will find 29 listings.That does not include the Haught women who have married and taken their husband's names, and the many cousins whose last names may obscure the Haught branch of their family tree.
Mail Service in the Rim Country's
Back Trackin' by Jayne Peace and Jinx Pyle
To send a letter today, you must have a complete address, plus zip code and a 37-cent stamp. If any part of the address is incorrect, the leter goes back to the sender. Things were quite different in the early days.
Apples and Mountain Cowboys
Back Trackin' by Jinx Pyle
Fall and the sometimes extended Indian summers of the Rim Country have long been my favorite time of year. This is the time when the wood vine and maple leaves turned red in the high-up canyons under the Rim (before the Dude Fire) and the aspen leaves twinkle yellow in the sun on top of the Mountain (Mogollon Rim). It was the time of the fall cattle roundups - the camaraderie of cowboys - the hard work during the days and the after-supper pitch games in the evenings. Best of all, it was the time of ripe apples.
Tonto National Forest: A historical perspective
From 1892 to 1907, 25 forest reserves and four national forests were proclaimed in the Southwest territory under the provisions of the General Land Law Revision Act of 1891, commonly called the Creative Act of 1891. This Act provided for setting aside of forest reserves. The Tonto Reserve was created on Oct. 3, 1905
On January 13, 1908, the Tonto Forest more than doubled its size…
Rim Country Places - Woods Canyon Lake
Woods Canyon is known today for its tranquil 55-acre lake, set among the pines; a very popular spot for camping, fishing and day-trips. It is located just north of S.R. 260 at the top of the Rim, opposite the Fulton Point lookout.
Zane Grey - Our Area's Most Famous Resident
In his writings, Zane Grey was rather straight forward. 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 prospered in the spectacular landscape of the West.
The Mogollon Rim - Arizona's Mighty Backbone
Arizona's mighty backbone is an epic in natural, human history.
It is a wilderness rampart of ethereal beauty, carved majestically into unmatched proportions.
The Travis Walton Abduction
On November 5, 1975, while working with a logging crew near Heber, Arizona, Walton noticed a bright object in the distance. When he approached it, he says he was hit by a light and his body lifted into the air. His colleagues left the scene and Walton was missing for five days before reappearing.
The Bowman Family
Sometime after April 3, 1935, Bob Kiser rode over to the Bowman's place and holloered, "Birdie May had a baby girl and they named her Sally Ann!" This was the Bowman's introduction to me; it would be a little while before I would come to know them.
Rim Country on Film: Behind the Scenes
Lights! Camera! Action!
These exclamations, though not a routine component of Rim country lingo, have been heard amid the ponderosas and up the rocky canyons and creeks of the Mogollon Rim. As early as the 1920's when Zane Grey was filming "To The Last Man," on Tonto Creek and Oxbow Hill, Hollywood has recognized the rugged beaury this area has to offer the camera.
THE DREW FAMILY OF SHARP CREEK
Some of the Rim Country characters were-ephemeral - that is, they were here only a short time, almost lost between the pages of local history. However their lives Intertwined with other pioneer families while they were here, and notice needs to be made of the- contribution they made to the settlement of the Rim Country. This is the story of two of those "short-term" families.
LEO, THE CRASH-LANDING LION, COMES BACK TO LIFE AT MUSEUM
The saga of Leo the MGM Lion's unexpected landing in the Rim country has become lore around these parts, nearly as much a part of Payson's history as Zane Grey himself. The tale, being retold in photographs and paraphernalia from Leo's ill-fated flight back in the late 1920s, makes up about one-quarter of the Rim Country Museum's newest exhibit, "Aviation in Payson."
RIM COUNTRY LEGENDS - FILMING "THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GRIZZLY ADAMS"
There is an artifact in the town of Payson that harks back to a famous television cheracter. He was a man of the frontier who befriended a grizzly bear' and thus came to be called Grizzly Adams.