One thousand years ago, the Payson area was beginning to grow with people building houses, hunting and farming. For the next 340 years, they lived and worked in our area. Then they left. There are more than 50 ruin sites in our area. Shoo-Fly, Goat Camp, Mayfield Canyon, Round Valley, Chaparral Pines and Risser are just a few.
The Payson Archaeology Museum on Main Street explains that part of our history and how it inter-relates with the other groups of people who lived in Arizona at that time period. It is a strikingly well-done way to learn about the history of our state and area.
The members of the Rim Country Archaeology Chapter and others built it for the people of Payson. If the museum is replaced by another renter, who loses? It is the town of Payson. It is your children who learn about our area and archaeology by going through the museum on guided tours. It is the visitors to Payson who come here to see it. It is the hikers who will no longer have the archaeological library for petroglyph location clues. It is the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, with one less museum to tout.
Who gains if the museum closes? Probably, no one. The Womans Club has been a fair partner in this building-sharing agreement. The Payson Archaeology Club will try to negotiate with the Womans Club to meet their new requirements because, with its artifacts, murals, sound system and fixed displays, the museum is virtually impossible to move.
And, we built it for you.
Bob Breen, membership chair, Rim Country chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society