I would like to thank those who wrote the article “A Highway Comes to Payson.” My family moved to Phoenix in October of 1954 when I was three months old. My dad’s dream of living in Arizona came true when Frontier Airlines made a base in Phoenix. In 1944 he was a flight instructor in the Army Air Corps. stationed at “Thunderbird two” which is now Scottsdale Airport. A war was on then but he said if the chance ever arose to live in Arizona he would take it.

I recall several trips up to Payson via the narrow two-way road. On one road trip we had to stay the night in Payson due to weather and the road being treacherous. I asked my dad why we had to stay in Payson for the night and was told it was a five-hour drive to Phoenix and part of the road might be “washed out.”

I can barely remember of course these tales of “road trips” with the family, but anyway thank you for the memories.

Doug Avakian, Payson

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