When the Dude Fire roared through the Rim country in 1990, one of its victims was the cabin where Zane Grey wrote many of his famous Western novels.
But rock doesn't burn, and those used to build the foundation and chimney of the historic cabin were recently hauled from the original site 21 miles east of Payson to be used in the construction of a replica next to the Rim Country Museum in Green Valley Park. Members and supporters of the Zane Grey Cabin Foundation joined with Payson's Public Works Department to load and transport the rocks, estimated to weigh about two tons.
Besides the rocks, a wrought iron Zane Grey cabin sign and a bench were also donated by Richard Hermanson, current owner of the property and a foundation supporter.
The famous novelist, who penned 56 westerns, spent each fall at the cabin during the 1920s. He set 24 of his books in Arizona and half of those in the Rim country.
The original cabin, built in 1922, was a major tourist attraction, and Dick Wolfe, foundation president, expects the replica to also be popular with visitors.
To join the foundation or learn more about ways to contribute to construction of the cabin, contact the foundation by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; by mail at P.O. Box 3188, Payson, AZ 85547; or by phone at (928) 474-6115.