Arizona will celebrate 100 years of statehood on Feb. 14.
The Rim Country Museum will feature a Centennial Exhibit titled: Arizona’s Story — A Rim Country View.
The exhibit features a section about Arizona’s Territorial Years from 1863 to early 1912 and will feature Rim Country personalities who contributed to Arizona’s growth toward statehood.
• Duett Ellison, of Ellison Creek and later Pleasant Valley, was Arizona’s first First Lady. In 1904 she married George W. P. Hunt, who became the first governor of Arizona.
• Also featured is the contribution of Samuel Ache Haught II, owner of the H-Bar Ranch in Rye who served in the 23rd Territorial Legislature.
The largest section of the exhibit shares significant events from the first 100 years of statehood. The theme “A Rim Country View” provides a local focus on people and events in this area. The photos may evoke nostalgia in longtime Payson residents, while visitors may find the 100 years of progress in Rim Country quite amazing.
There will also be a glimpse of what the future may hold. The work on the C. C. Cragin pipeline is scheduled to begin in the spring, and progress on the anticipated four-year college campus continues as of this writing. Yet, there may be some other changes to Rim Country on the horizon. Although the Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin are normally closed on Tuesdays, a special tour of the museums will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14 for the Daughters of the American Revolution. The exhibit will open for public viewing on Wednesday, Feb. 15.