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HISTORY OF GILA COUNTY
The Code of the West was first chronicled by well-known resident, western writer Zane Grey. The men and women who moved west in the 1800s were bound by this unwritten code of conduct. Integrity and self-reliance guided their decisions and actions. As they moved west they were confronted by opposition, whether in the form of Native Americans who possessed the land or from the harsh wildernesses that were unforgiving on ill-prepared newcomers. These lands were full of outlaws that were used to governing the territory with a stiff rope, a hanging tree, and a six-gun. Pioneers and Ranchers settled in the high mountains and started time-honored traditions like the Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, which is still going strong today.
America's ingenuity and the search for copper began in small mining towns like Globe, Miami, Hayden, and Winkelman. Cattle and sheep ranches sprung up all over the Tonto Basin creating competition for surrounding grazing rights. Soon these conflicts boiled over into one of the bloodiest family feuds on the western frontier. From this rugged, almost brutal landscape a place was born. You may call it Gila County. The families that lived it, called it...THE WILD WILD WEST!
GILA COUNTY HISTORY
Discover the history and heritage of this beautiful, rugged, and wild part of Arizona. Read the history of Gila County and how it was made. Take a walk down memory lane.
THE BIRTH OF RODEO
Held the first year in a small pasture at what is now the corner of historic Main St. and Highway 87 in Payson, AZ, the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo is still a big deal around these parts.
ZANE GREY HISTORY
Known as the father of the Western Novel, Zane Grey often visited Northern Gila County due to its abundance of game and tranquility. He wrote many books that featured the area.
Read and listen to genealogical accounts of the early families that settled in this area and the hardships they faced as they battled the elements, and other circumstances.