How The Mogollon Rim Got Its Name

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Editor:

It is a little known fact that Mogollon Rim was named by the Lone Ranger and Tonto.

It happened one July afternoon in the late 1870s. The masked man and his faithful Indian companion had been riding slowly along the top of the Rim since sunup. They were on their way northwest to Fort Verde on the trail of the notorious outlaw Buzzard Roost.

It was early afternoon as Silver and Scout plodded slowly along in summer heat, as the first of the monsoon clouds appeared as if by magic. The blazing sun darted in and out of the clouds, and before long, a huge, dark, threatening thundercloud gathered above the two lawmen.

Just a few drops of rain fell at first, but in less than a minute, a cool, even cold, three-minute downpour drenched them as they meandered on. But as quickly as the storm had overtaken them, it left, leaving them once again in the blistering glare of the sun.

As the thick, heavy, sweltering steam rose from the hot, wet ground, and the horses moved slower and slower, Tonto looked at the Lone Ranger, wiped the sweat from his brow, and said, "It Muggy On Rim, Kemosabi!"

And that's how the Mogollon Rim got its name.

Hoop Bramoff, Strawberry

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