Community Takes Its Name From French Settler And Explorer

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Hello again, fellow Creekers.

Feb. 14 marks 100 years of statehood for Arizona. This makes me think about our history right here in Christopher Creek.

The quiet and friendly community of Christopher Creek is named after the French settler, explorer and cartographer, Isadore Christopher, who lived here in the 1880s with his mail-order bride, Mary Hope. Christopher was the original homesteader of the 160-acre CI Ranch, which has developed into the community of Christopher Creek.

In 1903, when Isadore Christopher, after the death of his wife, decided to move away from the ranch, he sold it to John Bowman. In 1938, the ranch was sold by the Bowmans to Paul Revere and Polly Rodema Mendenhall Ashby, the parents of Glenn Ashby.

After the CI Ranch was purchased, both Glenn and his brother, Norman, would take care of the ranch while the family lived in Phoenix. Both Glenn and his brother received some of their formal school training through correspondence courses sent to the ranch.

In 1950, the Christopher Creek General Store and Bar was built, which today is known as the Founder’s Cabin at The Christopher Creek Lodge. In 1953, the lodge entertained its first overnight guest. In those days, there was very little auto traffic, maybe a car a week would come up the dirt road from Payson. By 1960, there was an addition added to the Christopher Creek General Store and Bar to house their many weekend guests.

Thanks to the bypass of Highway 260, much of the same old-fashioned appeal remains today. The lodge continues to carry on the tradition and provide an affordable place where people can get away from the heat and congestion of the city and enjoy the beauty of the Arizona high country.

As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please email me at: info@christophercreeklodge.

com. Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.

Thanks again for reading the column.

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