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The author’s wife, Ruth, stands along the trackless railroad bed just south of Lake Mary. This was the location of original route of the Mineral Belt before it became a lumber hauling railroad. The tracks were taken up for steel early in the last century.

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The Story of Payson, Arizona

In 1883, the news broke throughout Union Park that eastern financiers, including magnates of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, were sponsoring a railroad line that would come from Flagstaff down through the Tonto Basin, passing near Union Park.


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