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Payson is a town at the meeting of three roads in Gila County, Arizona, USA. Its location puts it almost exactly in the geographic center of Arizona. According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 14,279.[1] Location in the state of Arizona Formed 1881 Seat Globe Area  - Total  - Water 12,421 km² (4,796 mi²) 73 km² (28 mi²) 0. ... Official language(s) English Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Area  Ranked 6th  - Total 113,998 sq mi (295,254 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ...

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Zane Grey Country

"Zane Grey Country" is a term for the area around Payson, Arizona. This term was most often used in 1970s and 1980s, and appeared in the header of the local newspaper, the Payson Roundup. In recent times it has fallen somewhat out of favor, as the term "Rim Country" has become more popular amongst locals.


Geography

Location of Payson, Arizona

Located at 34°14′22″N, 111°19′39″W (34.239462, -111.327456)GR1, at an elevation of 4921 feet, the town has a total area of 50.4 km² (19.5 mi²). The Mogollon Rim lies to the north; there are a few small lakes in the area. Image File history File links AZMap-doton-Payson. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... The Mogollon Rim is a topographical and geological feature running across Arizona, extending approximately 400 miles (650 km) from northern Yavapai County eastward to the Mogollon Mountains in southwest New Mexico. ...


Neighboring communities include Star Valley and Pine. The smaller communities of Rye and Strawberry are also within Gila County. Star Valley is a census-designated place located in Gila County, Arizona. ... Pine is a census-designated place located in Gila County, Arizona. ... Strawberry is a census-designated place located in Gila County, Arizona. ...


History

Payson considers its founding year as 1882, at which time it was known as Green Valley or Union Park. On March 3, 1884 the town officially established a post office. Postmaster Frank C. Hise recommended that the town be named after a man named Louis Edwin Payson who was the congressional chairman of Post Office and Post Roads. Senator Payson was very instrumental in the establishment of the Post Office. In honor of Payson’s help, the town (or quite possibly merely Hise) decided to change the name to Payson. Year 1882 (MDCCCLXXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar. ... Small-town post office and town hall in Lockhart, Alabama A post office is a facility (in most countries, a government one) where the public can purchase postage stamps for mailing correspondence or merchandise, and also drop off or pick up packages or other special-delivery items. ...


Payson had its first rodeo in 1884, with Charlie Meadows being one of the founders. Payson considers its rodeo the "world's oldest continuous" as it has been held every year since. For other uses, see Rodeo (disambiguation). ... 1884 (MDCCCLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Tuesday (click on link to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1918 author Zane Grey made his first trip to the area surrounding Payson. He would come back with regularity through 1929, and would purchase two plots of land near Tonto Creek, including 120 acres from Sampson Elam Boles under Myrtle Point. Grey wrote numerous books about the area and also filmed some movies, such as To the Last Man, in the Payson area in the 1920s. Year 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... Zane Grey (January 31, 1872 – October 23, 1939) was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and pulp fiction that presented an idealized image of the rugged Old West. ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... To the Last Man is a 1923 film by Victor Fleming. ...


During prohibition the manufacture, sale, and distribution of liquor was plentiful. The transactions took place on historic Bootleg Alley. [2]


During the 1930s an effort began to try to get Payson a better road to connect it to the outside world. At that time Payson was very isolated with a trip from Phoenix to Payson taking four to five hours. Throughout the 1950s work on a paved road from Phoenix to Payson progressed and the paving was completed in 1959. A few years ago this highway, Arizona State Route 87 (also known as the "Beeline Highway"), was expanded to four lanes. Nickname: Valley of the Sun Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: Country United States State Arizona Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area    - City  475. ... Arizona State Highway 87 is a north-south road beginning in Second Mesa, Arizona and ending at Interstate 10 exit 211, just south of Eloy, Arizona. ...


Education

Payson Unified School District #10 includes five major schools. Grammar schools include Julia Randall Elementary, Frontier Elementary, and Payson Elementary. Rim Country Middle School and Payson High School are essentially contained within one property. However, both facilities are organized and maintained by separate administration. All schools are subject to district laws enforced by the district board.


The institutions in the school district score an average of 7 with the range being 5 to 8 when meeting the minimum state standards.[3]


Payson also has a campus of the Gila County Community College.


Recreation

Ninety-seven percent of the land around Payson is under the jurisdiction of the United States Forest Service (Payson is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest) or or by tribal governments. Consequently much of the land is available for hiking, horseback riding , and other outdoor activities. Tonto Natural Bridge, the largest known travertine natural bridge in the world, is located just northwest of Payson in Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, a unit of the Arizona State Park system. The area incorporates three golf courses, two of which belong to private country clubs. Mazatzal Casino, a tribal casino, is operated by the Tonto Apache Indian Reservation near the south end of the city. The USDA Forest Service, a United States government agency within the United States Department of Agriculture, is under the leadership of the United States Secretary of Agriculture. ... At 2,969,602 acres (12,018 km²), Tonto National Forest is the largest of the six national forests in Arizona, and has interesting, diverse scenery, with elevation ranging from 1,400 feet (427 m) in the Sonoran Desert to pine-forested mountains on the Mogollon Rim (pronounced muggy-own... Two hikers in the Mount Hood National Forest Eagle Creek hiking Hiking is a form of walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. ... horse, see Horse (disambiguation). ... Tonto Natural Bridge is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. ... Travertine A carving in travertine The rock travertine is a natural chemical precipitate of carbonate minerals; typically aragonite, but often recrystallized to or primary calcite; which is deposited from the water of mineral springs (especially hot springs) or streams saturated with calcium carbonate. ... Rainbow Bridge was formed by a meandering watercourse. ... This is a list of state parks in the U.S. state of Arizona, operated by Arizona State Parks. ... // Native American gambling enterprises comprise gambling businesses operated on Indian reservations or tribal land, which have limited sovereignty and therefore the ability to exist outside of direct state regulation. ... The Tonto Apache (Apache Dilzhę́’é) (also Dilzhee, Dilzhe’eh Apache) is a one of the groups of Western Apaches and also refers to one of the three dialects of the Western Apache language (a Southern Athabaskan language). ... BIA map of reservations in the United States Tribal sovereignty: Map of the United States, with non-reservation land highlighted. ...


The Payson area is a popular destination for rockhounds. In various areas surrounding the community can be found quartz crystals rivaling Herkimer diamonds in quality, geodes, agate, and onyx. Fossils are commonly found in the Paleozoic strata that is exposed along the Mogollon Rim to the north and east of Payson along Arizona State Route 87 and Arizona State Route 260. Rockhounding is the recreational collecting of rocks and/or mineral specimens from their natural environment. ... Quartz is one of the most common minerals in the Earths continental crust. ... Herkimer diamonds from Fulton County, NY. Herkimer diamond is the misnomerous name for double-terminated quartz first discovered in exposed outcrops of dolostone at Little Falls in Herkimer County, New York and the Mohawk River Valley. ... Geode, halved and polished Geode, halved and polished Geodes (Greek geoides, earthlike) are geological rock formations which occur in sedimentary and certain volcanic rocks. ... Agate is a term applied not to a distinct mineral species, but to an aggregate of various forms of silica, chiefly chalcedony. ... Onyx is a banded variety of chalcedony, a cryptocrystalline form of quartz. ... Three small ammonite fossils, each approximately 1. ... The Paleozoic Era (from the Greek palaio, old and zoion, animals, meaning ancient life) is the earliest of three geologic eras of the Phanerozoic eon. ... Strata is a comic science fiction novel by Terry Pratchett. ... Arizona State Highway 87 is a north-south road beginning in Second Mesa, Arizona and ending at Interstate 10 exit 211, just south of Eloy, Arizona. ... State Route 260, also known as SR-260, is a major east-west state highway in north-central Arizona, starting at State Route 89 in Cottonwood and traveling eastbound along much of the Mogollon Rim, finally ending at its junction with U.S. Route 180 and U.S. Route 191...


Payson is known for its rodeo which the city claims is the oldest continuous rodeo in the world.[citation needed]


Payson has two large parks, Green Valley Park and Rumsey Park. A community swimming pool is located near Rumsey Park and the town hosts free outdoor concerts in the summer. Other activities include intramural sports like baseball and football. Payson also has a small skatepark.


Culture

The area is well known for the cultivaion of Cannabis Sativa. Some of the Largest fields in the United States have been found there. [4]


The use, distribution, and manufacture of d-N-methylamphetamine in the area is extremely heavy.[5]


A heavy concentration of registered sex offenders live in the area. Including individuals who impersonate minors and even register as students in the local schools..[6]


Government

The town government consists of the mayor, Bob Edwards, and six council members: Vice-Mayor Tim Fruth, Ed Blair, Su Connell, Andy Romance, John Wilson, and Mike Vogel.


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 13,620 people, 5,832 households, and 4,070 families residing in the town. The population density was 270.1/km² (699.6/mi²). There were 7,033 housing units at an average density of 139.5/km² (361.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.75% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 1.89% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.34% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. 5.20% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ...


There were 5,832 households out of which 21.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.71. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 18.1% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 15.3% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 36.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.[7]


The median income for a household in the town was $33,638, and the median income for a family was $38,713. Males had a median income of $30,900 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,513. About 6.5% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


References

  1. ^ Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Arizona (CSV). 2005 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division (June 21, 2006). Retrieved on November 14, 2006.
  2. ^ Payson Roundup,Dec 4, 2002
  3. ^ greatschools.net
  4. ^ Payson Roundup, Aug 16, 2005
  5. ^ Payson Roundup, Dec 4, 2006
  6. ^ Arizona Republic, Jan 20, 2007
  7. ^ 2007 Gila County readjusted Demographics and Marketing Statistics

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Regions

Arizona Strip ǀ Coconino Plateau ǀ Grand Canyon ǀ Mojave Desert ǀ North Central Arizona ǀ Northeast Arizona ǀ Northern Arizona ǀ Phoenix Metropolitan Area ǀ Southern Arizona This list of regions of the United States includes official (governmental) and non-official areas within the borders of the United States, not including U.S. states, the federal district of Washington, D.C. or standard subentities such as cities or counties. ... The Arizona Strip is that part of the US state of Arizona lying north of the Colorado River and south of the state of Utah. ... The Coconino Plateau is found north and northwest of Flagstaff, Arizona, in the United States. ... The Grand Canyon is a very colorful, steep-sided gorge, carved by the Colorado River, in the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Looking across from Emigrant Pass towards the Kingston Range in the eastern Mojave. ... North Central Arizona is a geographical region of Arizona. ... Northeast Arizona, sometimes referred to by local people as The Rez, is a region of the U.S. state of Arizona commonly including Apache County and Navajo County. ... Northern Arizona is dominated by the Colorado Plateau, the southern border of which in Arizona is called the Mogollon Rim. ... The Phoenix metropolitan area, referred to nationally as the Valley of the Sun, is a metropolitan area that includes the City of Phoenix, most of the rest of Maricopa County, a large section of Pinal County, and small parts of southern Yavapai County. ... Southern Arizona is a region of the United States. ...

Counties

Apache ǀ Cochise ǀ Coconino ǀ Gila ǀ Graham ǀ Greenlee ǀ La Paz ǀ Maricopa ǀ Mohave ǀ Navajo ǀ Pima ǀ Pinal ǀ Santa Cruz ǀ Yavapai ǀ Yuma List of the 15 counties in the U.S. state of Arizona: Arizona county map Apache County formed in 1879 from part of Yavapai County. ... Apache County is located in the northeast corner of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Location in the state of Arizona Formed 1881 Seat Bisbee Area  - Total  - Water 16,107 km² (6,219 mi²) 128 km² (49 mi²) 0. ... Coconino County is located in the north central part of the state of Arizona. ... Location in the state of Arizona Formed 1881 Seat Globe Area  - Total  - Water 12,421 km² (4,796 mi²) 73 km² (28 mi²) 0. ... Graham County is located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Greenlee County is located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... La Paz County is located in the western part of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Maricopa County is located in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Mohave County is located in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Location in the state of Arizona Formed March 21, 1895 Seat Holbrook Area  - Total  - Water 25,795 km² (9,959 mi²) 16 km² (6 mi²) 0. ... Pima County is located in the south central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Location in the state of Arizona Formed 1875 Seat Florence Area  - Total  - Water 13,919 km² (5,374 mi²) 12 km² (4 mi²) 0. ... Santa Cruz County is located in the south of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Yavapai County is located in the center of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Yuma County is located in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Arizona. ...

Cities

Chandler ǀ Flagstaff ǀ Gilbert ǀ Glendale ǀ Lake Havasu City ǀ Mesa ǀ Peoria ǀ Phoenix ǀ Prescott ǀ Scottsdale ǀ Tempe ǀ Tucson ǀ Yuma A list of cities in Arizona (by population*) is below. ... Chandler (Pima: Canli) is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 176,582. ... Nickname: City of Seven Wonders Location in Coconino County the state of Arizona Coordinates: Country United States State Arizona County Coconino County Mayor Joseph C. Donaldson Area    - City 63. ... Gilbert is a town located in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA. Gilbert was the fastest-growing incorporated place of over 100,000 people in the US from 1990 to 2000, as well as in the 2002, 2003, and 2004 Census estimates. ... Glendale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 218,812. ... Lake Havasu City is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 41,938. ... Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona and part of the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metropolitan Area. ... Peoria is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona. ... Nickname: Valley of the Sun Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: Country United States State Arizona Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area    - City  475. ... Prescott Gurley Street in 1918 Prescott by night Prescott is a city in Yavapai County, Arizona, USA. The population was 33,938 at the 2000 census. ... Scottsdale (Oodham S-vaá¹£ai Vaá¹£onÄ­) is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to Phoenix. ... Tempe (pronounced ) is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, with a population of 161,143 according to 2005 Census Bureau estimates. ... Nickname: The Old Pueblo Location in Pima County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: Country United States State Arizona Counties Pima  - Mayor Bob Walkup (R) Area    - City  195. ... Yuma Crossing and RR bridge in 1886. ...


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Payson, Arizona Travel & Vacation Guide (155 words)
We'll Leave the Light On Payson, Arizona is a pretty tourist town at the base of the Mogollon Rim in Central Arizona.
It is nicely situated between cooler mountain climes to the north and rugged desert to the south.
Payson is located 100 miles northeast of Phoenix on Hwy 87.
Arizona Roundup Payson City (190 words)
Payson is a small, charming community that sits along the majestic, Mogollon Rim in the Tonto National Forest and is surrounded by high desert flora, sub-alpine forests, lakes, and mountain trails.
Payson is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiast looking to hike, fish, camp, horseback ride, or do some wildlife viewing.
Payson Hosts what is considered one of the "World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo" If you plan on seeing it you better make plan far in advance because lodging books up real fast.
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