The original Zane Grey cabin
was located 18 miles east of Payson along Tonto Creek beneath
the Mogollon Rim. The cabin was built in the early 1920’s and
burned in the 1990 Dude Fire. The replica of the cabin was
opened in Payson’s award-winning Green Valley Park in 2005. The
replicated cabin is a historically accurate educational
exhibit. The cabin gives local residents and worldwide visitors
the opportunity to learn more about Zane Grey and his place in
history. It also provides a superior venue for school tours to
allow students to learn about this area and Zane Grey.
Admission includes a guided tour of the Zane Grey cabin and the
Rim Country Museum.
Zane Grey and his stories are
an important part of our nation’s western heritage and a part of
our local history. “My beloved Arizona” was the term of
endearment Grey bestowed upon this state. From 1918-1929, Grey
regularly spent time in Arizona, owning numerous pieces of land
and helping immortalize Rim Country through books such as “Under
the Tonto Rim,” “Code of the West,” and “To the Last Man.” In
these books, Grey put into words how everyone feels when they
see the scenery of Rim Country while also describing the way of
life of pioneer families such as the Haughts.
Grey’s popularity and
proliferation were unprecedented in his time. Virtually all of
his circa 60 novels, 200 short stories, non-fiction westerns,
hunting and fishing articles, books, and 130 movies were
enormously successful. Grey’s books have been published in over
20 languages and his name graces schools, libraries, museums,
civic groups, roads, subdivisions, and a liberty ship. His
movies launched the careers of Shirley Temple, John Wayne, Tom
Mix, and Randolph Scott.
Grey also co-founded the
Izaak Walton League, a conservationist organization whose
publication was the forerunner of Outdoor America. He owned
patents on fishing lures and held eleven world records in deep
sea fishing. His fans have included the likes of Anwar Sadat,
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, and George H. Bush.