Street Names A Sign That Payson's A Bit Different


Street names.

Ever notice how street names sometime give you a real picture of the nature of the town. Just look at Phoenix; so officially laid out, with its straight street names Washington, Jefferson, Polk, Adams, Madison, etc.

Then look at Payson.

Heck, our longest street isn't even a street it's McLane Road. Our straightest is called Frontier, while our Main Street is one of the shortest.

We have over 85 circles that are not really circles, but we call them that. And it's easy to see we're out West by our Stagecoach Pass, Stirup Way, Wagonwheel Circle, Rancho Road, Gold Nugget Lane, Mustang Circle, Gunsight Ridge, Bronco Circle, Bridle Path Lane, Lariot Way and Pony Circle or Street you have a choice.

And Payson has trees, lots of trees, such as Apple Hill Circle, Birchwood Drive, Black Forest Lane, Cedar Lane, Cypress Circle, Evergreen Circle and Street, Holly Circle, Juniper Lane and Street, Lone Pine Circle and Road, Mesquite Street, Myrtle, Oak, Pecan and Pine streets, Pinyon Circle, Ponderosa Circle and Street, Sequoia and Spruce streets, and Sycamore Circle and Street. Yep, we got lots of trees.

Nope, we sure don't name our streets for presidents but, Annie has an alley, Zane Grey and William Tell have circles, Bobby Jones putted in for a drive and Amelia Eahart landed a parkway.

Yep, when you notice the street signs, Payson is sure different, and don't we just love it that way.

Jim Stewart, Payson

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