Library A Treasure Trove Of Trivia



A library is a repository for bits and pieces of information gathered from thousands of sources. It is chock-full of "did you know" information.

I am constantly amazed and fascinated at the bits of trivia found within the walls of this library.

The following information is from the October, 1967 issue of Arizona Highways. And so here is a bit of history about this beautiful Rim Country and the Mogollon Rim which makes it unique.

The Mogollon Rim is Arizona's mighty backbone; it is the southern margin of the Colorado Plateau, stretching for more than two-thirds of the way across Central Arizona. Sweeping from northwest to southeast, into New Mexico, it is more than 200 miles long. From Pine to Young, the Rim's face is rarely less than a near vertical drop of 1,200 feet. At many overlook points, its height is close to 2,000 feet above the mountains which stretch across Tonto Basin. South of Show Low, the steep scarp is blanketed by volcanism which formed the White Mountains.

Around 1600, the Rim Country and adjacent mountains in New Mexico became known as the Mogollanes, named for Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollon, a Spanish governor and captain general of New Mexico, which was part of New Spain.

Now you know a bit of history about the area you choose to call home.

From the New Book Shelves -- Southwest Collection

"Arizona at Seventy-Five -- The Next Twenty-Five Years" edited by Beth Luey commemorates the state's diamond jubilee, with a look at Arizona's past, present and future. In Arizona's first seventy-five years it grew dramatically and continues to do so today. It was once a small agricultural and mining outpost. The book is comprised of six essays that examine the state's heritage and prospects in the arts and culture, the history and future of Native Americans, the changing status of Hispanics, the state's economic transformation, the changing problems of water supply and the preservation of Arizona's historical resources.

"Southwest Scroll Saw Patterns" by Patrick Spielman: The flavor of the American Southwest as a decorating style is very popular and can be fairly expensive. The author shows you how you can create the characteristic motifs with your scroll saw. There are over 200 patterns inspired by the early cultures of the American Southwest. Add a coyote to a wastebasket, cowboys to a welcome sign or cacti to a magazine rack. There are directions for using copper inlay on your projects. Let your imagination fly. It's fun and inexpensive.

"Salsas and Tacos" produced by the Santa Fe School of Cooking: For delicious salsas combine vegetables, fruits or both -- plus a variety of chilies to make it interesting. step out of the box and experience a new variety of taco filled with many surprising and simple fillings, served in flour or corn tortillas you made yourself. So get ready to get cooking. This book includes recipes from the top chefs at Santa Fe's famous cooking school.

"The Pottery of Santa Ana Pueblo" by Francis Harlow: The small village of Santa Ana Pueblo in north central New Mexico has for centuries made unique pottery for domestic and ritual use. This richly visual book describes the chronological sequence of forms and designs used by potters. The book analyzes the sequence from circa 1760 to the present time. The pottery of Santa Ana Pueblo exemplifies the fine artistic achievement that has brought Pueblo ceramics to justly deserved acclaim. Museums from around the world have provided examples, many of which have not been previously published. The result furnishes criteria for dating vessels from any time period.

"The Oatman Massacre -- A Tale of Desert Captivity and Survival" by Brian McGinty is among the most famous and dramatic captivity stories in the history of the Southwest. Roys Oatman, a dissident Mormon, led his family of nine and a few other families from their homes in Illinois on a journey West. The Oatmans separated from their fellow travelers and on Feb. 18, 1851, a band of Indians attacked them on a cliff overlooking the Gila River in present-day Arizona. All but three members of the family were killed. Using diaries, letters and other firsthand accounts, as well as recent studies of Southwestern Indian peoples, the author dispels myths about one of the most bizarre activities in American history.

Local History Books

"Rim Country History" compiled by Northern Gila County Historical Society

"Kohl's Ranch Story" written by Kohl's granddaughters

"Pioneer Hunters of the Rim" by Myrtle Beanstetter

"History of Gisela" by Jayne Peace

"Pleasant Valley" by Frank Gillette

"Mountain Cowboys" by Jinx Pyle

"History of the Tonto" by Punkin Center Homemakers

"Rodeo 101 -- History of the Payson, Arizona Rodeo, 1884-1984" by Jinx Pyle

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