Details of the Various Museums
of the "Father of the Western Novel" sits along the banks
of the Upper Delaware River.
Below is additional information on each of
the museums listed on this page.
Grey lived in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, from 1905 until 1918.
Lackawaxen always held a special place in his memories, and
was chosen as the site of his final resting place. Today,
Grey's home from 1914-18 is preserved by the National Park
Service as part of Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational
The Zane Grey Museum is open seasonally, usually Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. (Closed some weekdays.)
The National Park Service provides ranger-conducted 20-minute tours of the rooms that were Zane Grey's study and office. Tours are limited to 10 persons/tour; a wait may be expected at times. Groups should make reservations in advance.
Country Museum was established through the efforts of the
Northern Gila County Historical Society, Inc. which operates
the Museum primarily through volunteer effort. Its mission
and purpose is to discover and preserve for public benefit,
the natural and cultural history of the greater Payson area,
frequently referred to as the "Rim Country".
Rim Country Museum is quaintly set in the award winning Green
Valley Park in Payson, Arizona. The Museum is comprised of
several historical buildings and objects of local significance.
A nearby lake and full foliage trees offer our visitors a
refreshing coolness in the summer and a crystalline landscape
When you walk into the Museum you are stepping into time past.
The entrance was the Forest Ranger's residence originally
built in 1907. It is now our Museum Store with a wide selection
of gifts and an excellent selection of books on local and
general Arizona history. It is from here you will begin your
Novelist and screenplay writer, Zane Grey, became a part
of Arizona legend and history. Many of his books were written
here against the phenomenal beauty and ruggedness of the
Mogollon Rim. Through his writing he brought to many the
passion, excitement and quietude of this extraordinary area.
We have an excellent
presentation on Zane Grey including many of his personal
items such as chaps, saddle, guns, books and posters.
A replica of Zane Grey's Cabin, which burned down in the "Dude Fire" in 1990, stands adjacent to the Rim Country Museum.
replica of Zane Grey's cabin -- lost in 1990 during the Dude
Fire -- was built in Green Valley Park in 2005 through the
efforts of the non-profit Zane Grey Cabin Foundation. It was officially turned over to the Northern Gila County Historical Society on Saturday October 15, 2005.
1921, Zane Grey bought three acres of land under the Mogollon
Rim and had the cabin contructed. He used the cabin as a retreat
and writing space until 1929, after which the cabin slowly
fell into disrepair. In the 1960's, Phoenix businessman William
Goettl bought the structure and hired Richard Haught, a descendant
of the original builder, to restore it. In 1972, it was listed
on the National Register of Historic Places, and by 1989 it
was attracting an average of 20,000 visitors a year.
After the Dude Fire of 1990 destroyed the cabin, the Zane
Grey Cabin Foundation was formed to raise funds and rebuild
the cabin. It now stands in Green Valley Park, next to the
Rim Country Museum. The cabin's main room contains a replica of his writing chair, a small cot, table, bear rug, Grey's saddle, and assorted cowboy boots and hats.
Zane Grey's ancestor, Colonel Ebenezer Zane, was commissioned by the Continental Congress to develop a road through the Western Wilderness (Pennsylvania and Ohio at the time). The National Road Museum is located in Norwich, Ohio.
museum has three main sections: The National Road, Zane Grey,
and Ohio pottery (the local area is well known for the quality
of pottery made locally). The Zane Grey section has numerous
items of interest including books, movie posters, fishing
items, and several recreations of Zane Grey settings.
The National Road Museum is now operated by the John and Annie Glenn Foundation (John & Annie Glenn Historic Site) of New Concord, Ohio. The National Road Museum will be open May 1 - September 30.
The Zane Grey Museum at Mormon Lake Lodge features an array of Zane Grey-related books, photographs, paintings, movie posters and other memorabilia. Many objects on display were owned or used by Zane Grey.
When Zane Grey would travel to Payson and his cabin under the Mogollon Rim, he would travel by train to Flagstaff, then take horses and wagons cross country to the cabin site near Payson, Arizona. Mormon Lake was a favorite camping spot on the way to the cabin. The Lodge is located on the edge of the lake itself, and is a wonderful, rustic getaway nestled among pine trees amid the solitude much like it was when Grey camped there in the early 20th century.