Affectionately referred to as "the brown book," it's been the definitive work on the Rim country's colorful past for the two decades since it was first published.
Anna Mae Deming and Marguerite Noble, two of the book's four co-authors, will be on hand to sign copies of the just-released third edition of "Rim Country History Illustrated" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m Saturday, March 27 at the Rim Country Museum.
The 194-page work is considered to be the best book on the history of the Rim country and is included in the State Capitol's library. Beginning with the formation of the Mazatzal Mountains 1.5 billion years ago, the illustrated book tells the story of the region through its settlement by hardy pioneers and its rough and tumble cowboy days.
It includes a foreword by Barry Goldwater, 10 pages of pen and ink lithographs of early Payson structures by Raymond K. Schmidt, and a seven page section of early photographs.
Besides Deming and Noble, descendants of the other co-authors -- Ira A. Murphy and James Lipnitz -- will also attend the celebration, which is open to the public.
As a 20th-year publication special, the book will retail for $24.95 through June 30.
For further information, call the Rim Country Museum at (928) 474-3483.