Pine and Strawberry were established in 1879 by Mormon families. Proximity to water, “an oasis in a harsh land,” led to the development of the communities we have come to know and love today. Without this life-giving water from shallow wells and the natural spring that forms Pine Creek, these communities would not exist.
The rugged individualism of these early settlers continued to be manifested in those who continued to develop and expand Pine and Strawberry. Can, or will, the community join together in a concerted effort to save these communities from drying up and blowing away? Will they be placed on a list of Arizona ghost towns that once thrived as well? Is that the future for Pine and Strawberry? I do not know and only time will tell.
From the Scriptures and restated by Abraham Lincoln, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” It is now the time for all of us to stand together as a community to participate and work hard along with the members of the PSWID board to solve our problem. To bring to the board at its meetings your ideas, your constructive input, not destructive criticism. The future of Pine and Strawberry is in the hands of all of us. Is failure an option? I hope not.