Rodeo History Featured In Rim Museum Road Trip


The Payson Rodeo has been around since 1884. Held every year, even during World War II, it is the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo. Learn about its history and story of one of its founders Charlie Meadows.

Join Rim Country Museum docents on a road trip around the Rim Country to sites associated with Meadows.

Participants will visit locations on historic Payson Main Street, Whispering Pines, and the Payson Pioneer Cemetery to learn about Charlie’s life in the Payson area, the founding of the rodeo, and Payson history.

“Arizona Charlie” himself will be the tour guide, sharing stories about Payson’s early days. Local merchants will also dress the part to give you an authentic look at Payson in the late 1800s.

The free tour will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 9.

Call the museum at (928) 474-3483 to sign up. Meet at Rim Country Museum in Green Valley Park to carpool. 

This is the second in a series of tours planned by the Rim Country Museum for 2011. Also on the schedule are:

• Bucking Bulls, Aug. 13 — August is rodeo time in Payson, so hearing about how bucking bulls are bred and raised is a topical subject. The event will be at the Rim Country Museum (time to be determined).

• Evening Under the Tonto Rim, Sept. 17 — Enjoy dinner, music and a tour of the original Zane Grey Cabin site (price to be determined).

• Zane Grey Classic Vintage Baseball Game, Sept. 18 — See how baseball was played in the 1860s. The game will feature the rules of 1860s baseball and the players from the Payson Cougars and Stars & Stripes in replicas of vintage uniforms, using vintage-style equipment at Green Valley Park.

• Pioneer Cemetery Tour, Oct. 8 — Learn about Payson’s early settlers who reside in this historic site (time to be determined).

More information about these and other programs planned by the museum can be found online at or by calling (928) 474-3483.


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