If you travel up Highway 87 to Pine and Strawberry, you’ll discover a treasure trove of history hidden in the Arizona mountains. You may have to pinch yourself to make sure you’re still in the 20th century.
In the August 1981 Arizona Highways magazine, Bill Ahrendt wrote of Pine,“No great swaths of neon and noise, no denuded ruin of once virgin forest, no great holes or marred landscape interrupt the sublime timeless feeling of this place. It is an ageless portrait of village life, forever lost to most of America.”
The majestic mountains, surrounding forests and streams, horses, old barns, equipment and many structures remain unchanged since the days of Zane Grey. Early settlers’ homes now house quaint restaurants and even a quilt shop.
Drive the trail forged by General Crook to the top of the Mogollon Rim. You’ll be certain you are somewhere closer to Heaven and that the high-tech world is another centennial away.
History, nostalgia and adventure is the lost treasure you’ll discover in Strawberry and Pine.
Museum and Historical Society
Today I visited the Pine-Strawberry Archeological and Historical Society Museum and took a self-guided walking history tour of the area that included numerous homes of the area’s pioneer families. My husband and I also visited the historic Pine Cemetery that is the final resting place of the earliest settlers and their descendants. I am both inspired — and tired!
The museum itself houses prehistoric artifacts found in the area and other artifacts utilized by the earliest settlers of the community. There is everything from old irons and oil lamps to furniture and clothing dating back to the 1800s. Slide shows of the area’s historic structures, and videotaped interviews with descendants of the early pioneers are also available for viewing.
You can also meet fascinating people like Margaret Parker, historical society chairperson, her lively mother, Mary Hunt, age 84, Karen Kelly or other dedicated volunteers, who work hard to make sure that the stories of the homes and the people who lived, worked and settled this community are preserved for today and tomorrow.
You too have the opportunity to share the history of this great community by volunteering at the museum located at the Community Center, or at the oldest schoolhouse in Arizona located in Strawberry. Volunteers are needed to donate just two hours a week. Training and materials are provided.
If you would like further information on the museum, town history, or to volunteer, please call Karen at (928) 476-4346 or Margaret at (928) 970-0658.
Thank you from Principal Clark
Principal, Michael Clark, from Pine-Strawberry School wishes to extend his deep appreciation and gratitude for the generosity shown by the people of Pine, Strawberry, Payson, the surrounding community and the folks who live beyond the Rim Country.
The school received $37,160 in donations. That money will go a long way in support of school programs that have realized state and federal funding cuts.
Again, thank you so very much for your support.
Strawberry Investment Club
Get the new year off to a profitable start. The Strawberry Investment Club is reorganizing and accepting new members. The investment club is a way for you to learn about money matters such as the stock market, and to invest singly or as a group, without having to spend a lot of money.
You don’t have to be rich to join the group, but you might be wise. They meet the third Saturday of the month at The Early Bird restaurant at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $25 per month.
For further information, contact Karen at Hairlooms in Pine at (928) 476-3658.
Community Center Thrift Store
Was de-cluttering one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, Rhonda at the Thrift Shop in Pine suggests that after de-cluttering all areas of your home and secret storage areas, please take your items to the Thrift Store. They also provide pick-up service.
Jan. 13 and 14 they are having a 50 percent off sale on accessories such as shoes, purses and jewelry, and on entertainment including cassettes, 8-track tapes, records, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes.
Did you think the 8-track tape was an item of obsolescence? Not in historic Strawberry and Pine!
Mark your calendar for Jan. 18 through Jan. 21 for the 50 percent off sale of small kitchen appliances and children’s items including clothing, toys, shoes and books. At this Thrift Shop you’re sure to find an old-fashioned potato masher or can opener that might come in handy in one of our power failures. Of course, you will also find the best of electric appliances, in good-as-new condition. And don’t be surprised to find a Cabbage Patch doll, poodle skirt or other relics from days gone by.
Whether your preference is old or new, all proceeds are used to help to help the citizens and non-profit groups of Pine and Strawberry. It’s a great way to be involved in our communities. You can also help by being a volunteer.
Thrift Store hours are Wednesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call (928) 476-4633.
With a brighter economic forecast for 2012 and the 100th Anniversary/ Centennial of Arizona, this year people are sure to travel here in increased numbers for our rich history, beauty and endless adventures.
In the movie “Field of Dreams,” Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice saying, “If you build it they will come.” He built a baseball diamond in his corn field, in the middle of nowhere, and people came.
If we follow our dreams we will attain them. If we make plans to accommodate an onslaught of visitors this year, they will come. Better start making those “I Love Strawberry and Pine” bumper stickers and T-shirts!
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