Author's Cabin Rebuilt From The Ashes

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Fifteen years after being destroyed by the Dude Fire, the Zane Grey Cabin will once again provide visitors a look at how "the father of the Western novel" lived during his frequent visits to the Rim Country.

Grey spent each October at the cabin as he hunted for game and collected material for stories.

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The Zane Grey Cabin replica is located in Green Valley Park. Grey spent each October at the original cabin.

Of his 62 Western novels, 24 are set in Arizona and 13 in the Rim Country.

Grey abandoned the cabin in 1929 following a spat with Arizona Game and Fish and it fell into serious disrepair. In 1962, Valley air conditioning magnate William Goettl had the structure restored.

It became a major tourist attraction and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The cabin was destroyed when it burned to the ground in the Dude Fire.

The new cabin in Green Valley Park is a full-size, historically-accurate replica.

"We had a difficult time finding certain materials and furnishings we needed so the cabin would look as it did when built 83 years ago," Zane Grey Foundation President Dick Wolfe said.

"Being faithful to the original cabin, we are not using any modern materials such as particle board or laminated beams," he said.

All the wood used in the cabin, both interior and exterior, was rough sawn. The walls and ceiling of the interior were comprised of 1-by-6 boards.

"Of course it's going to move, warp, expand and all that," Wolfe said. "But we're convinced that's the way it was, so that's what (we wanted) to use."

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