Dick Wolfe, president of the Zane Grey Cabin Foundation, received the Arizona Department of Commerce's 2006 Main Street Individual of the Year on Friday, Aug. 18 at the Governor's Rural Development Conference in Flagstaff. More than 600 people attended the event.
"There are a lot of Main Street communities," Wolfe said. "We worked hard to make this (program) a success."
The judging panel culled Wolfe and Payson's Main Street Program among 18 similar projects statewide.
According to the nomination packet, the state bestows its laurels on an individual who integrates vision, and the human and financial resources toward the revitalization of the community's historic center.
"This is actually the most prestigious award given out at the governor's conference for the Main Street awards," said Carol McCauley, Main Street manager. "It singles out the one individual who has made the greatest contribution to their community and the (statewide Main Street) program in general."
Wolfe, volunteers, community leaders and business owners raised $250,000 over two years to create a replica of Zane Grey's cabin, which was destroyed in the 1990 Dude Fire.
In October 2005, the historic attraction opened to the public.
Wolfe has also been involved in other Main Street projects, including the Green Valley Redevelopment Area, the Deming Pioneer Park and the American Gulch redevelopment concept.