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Tim Ehrhardt

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Weather history in the Rim Country

The recent dramatic change in weather got me wondering: just how unusual was the weather that we saw on May 22 and May 23? The answer may surprise you.

Plane crash on Myrtle Point

This week I've decided to examine an old story about a plane crash on Myrtle Point, near the Boles Homestead.

Pleasant Valley trip an eye-opener

Recently I had the opportunity to go to Pleasant Valley with my friends Jinx and Jayne Pyle to research Pleasant Valley history. As much as anything, it was a fact-finding trip designed to set up future research on that area. We came away happy with what we found. What follows is my take on the trip.

A snapshot of a harrowing hunting trip

In 1905, Arizona was still just a territory, though on the path to statehood. At the time, there was discussion of it entering as part of New Mexico, something which most Arizonans strongly opposed. Work on Roosevelt Dam -- or at least things related to dam construction -- was well under way.

The history of universities in Arizona

Recently I read my latest issue of ASU Magazine. As a proud ASU alum and member of the ASU Alumni Association, this is a magazine that I regularly receive. This issue's focus? ASU celebrating 50 years as a university. The whole issue was focused on this celebration. It featured a wonderfully written article by the Payson Roundup's Peter Aleshire. It got me thinking that this would be a great time to look at higher education history in Arizona and the history of Arizona State University.

Determining their place in history

I was talking to someone the other day and they stated the importance of founders and implied that if someone founds a place, they should forever have carte blanche over others at such a place. So it got me thinking, what does founding really mean?

In publishing, the devil is in the details

Earlier this month was a very happy moment for me. At last, I had sent my book, "Zane Grey's Forgotten Ranch: Tales from the Boles Homestead," to the printer.

Anna Mae's place amongst Payson historians

We've had a number of historians write about Payson history over time.

Payson carbon monoxide deaths

The year 1965 began with Payson enjoying a brand-new jail and ringing in the New Year in celebratory fashion.

Looking ahead in 2008

An eventful 2007 in Rim Country's heritage community has come and gone and it's time to look forward to what will occur in 2008.

Remembering Rim Country's ‘storm of the century'

Have you ever wondered when Payson's biggest snow occurred? Well, if you have, good news, we're going for a white-out with this column as we look back to 40 years ago this month.

The history around us


Since we're in the holiday season now I thought it might be fitting to take a slightly different spin on history, since most everyone spends some time with family this time of year.


The fine art of a beer geek

Tonto Apache Tribe marks 35 years of federal recognition

Payson's founding 125 years ago was surely not something met with joy by the local Apaches. After all, Payson was founded on a base, created in part by pushing Native Americans out.

The story of Payson's first bank

Payson's first bank opened in 1916. It was called Payson Commercial and Trust Co. and was incorporated by W.H. Hilligass, John McCormick, Ralph Hubert, H.L. Castle, and A.T. Hammons. This bank would operate for 16 years before closing under questionable circumstances in 1932.

Notable fires in Rim Country claimed 10 lives

The firefighter statue in front of Rim Country Museum serves as a reminder of the unspoken danger that exists in Rim Country, that of the wildfire.

History up close


Recently I had one of those days that historians love: an opportunity to visit with a couple of different groups of people and see some history up close.

Books about Rim Country history


One of the questions that I often get asked is: What are some good books about Rim Country history? The great thing is that there are a number of books -- some easier to find than others. Today I'm going to my bookshelf and sharing some of the books that I have on my shelf and that you may want to have on yours too.

Her name was Norma and she was nasty


Earlier this summer I wrote about Rim Country's deadliest fire event, the Dude Fire, which killed six firefighters in Bonita Creek on June 26, 1990. This week we look back at an even deadlier event, one that was water-related.

Arizona State University football and Camp Tontozona


For nearly 50 years, Arizona State University has been practicing football at Camp Tontozona northeast of Payson. Numerous coaches have led their teams up the hill from the Valley to enjoy the tall pines.

Rim Country's famous feuds


I was talking with someone the other day about the Star Valley-Payson water issue and they were asking me about other water stories in Rim Country's history. I think there had to have been some, I know of one where I live, but when I think of Rim Country feuds, past water issues are not what come to mind.

Looking back on how Payson celebrated its 100th anniversary


Twenty-five years ago this month, Payson had the main celebration of its 100th anniversary. While the week of celebrating for its 125th anniversary is still three months away, I thought it might be fun to take a look back at things from 25 years ago.

Notable fires in Rim Country


It's the nearing the end of June, which means one thing: the monsoons are coming soon. But it also creates a tense period of time, as the monsoons are often preceded by dry lightning, as well as some of our hottest and driest weather of the year.