March 28, 2012
Improvements to the Beeline Highway were a major contributing factor in the population growth of Payson. Paving was completed in 1958.
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From a population of approximately 125 when Arizona became a state in 1912, to over 16,000 today, Payson has grown a lot over the past 100 years. Particularly is the growth in the past 50 years when Payson went from a population of less than a 1,000 to what it is today. Let’s take a look at how we got here.