Stan Brown

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Zane Grey's Rim Country years

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Chapter 3 – The Lodge During Zane Grey’s first several hunting seasons in Arizona he stayed with the Anderson Lee Haught family in their cabin near Tonto Creek.

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Zane Grey’s Rim Country years

Chapter 2 – Arrival in Rim Country

The Zane Grey legacy in Arizona’s Rim Country began in the fall of 1918 when he brought his 9-year-old son Romer and a hunting party into Payson

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Zane Grey’s Rim Country years

Chapter 1 Early Years

Zane Grey was a romanticist who captured the hearts of his readers, and became a major architect for the literary genre called “the western.” He continues today as one of the most widely read authors in history.

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Dick Wick Hall in Rim Country

Dick Wick Hall returned to the Rim Country in the 1920s and visited the Ellison family at their ranch.

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Rim holidays – Christmas, Part Four

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At last the day arrived when town folk along with others from surrounding ranches came together for the Community Christmas Tree Celebration

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Rim holidays – Christmas, Part Three

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Come with me as we tramp through a foot of snow to the old dance hall in Payson. It is during the 1920s and we are about to share one of the Rim Country’s wonderful annual get-togethers: the Community Christmas Tree and Dance.

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Rim holidays – Christmas, Part One

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Christmas was a special time for Rim Country settlers to get together and find companionship with others in the hard task of wresting ranches from the wilds. Memories of families left behind brought many a tear for those who had forged a new life in this place.

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Rim holidays – Thanksgiving Part One

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The season of Thanksgiving recalls one of America’s founding stories, the community of Pilgrims at Plymouth, Mass.

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Rim holidays – Veterans Day (Part Three)

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In 1898 the Rim Country was about to create a large new group of veterans who would go to war on behalf of our government. It was the Spanish-American War, the first to recruit soldiers after settlement.

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Rim holidays – Veterans Day

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On Veterans Day attention will turn to Payson’s Pioneer Cemetery and to the graves of those who fought in America’s wars. But Sam Hill was one of those who never wore a uniform.

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