This book with nearly 50 historical pictures traces the development of this mountain settlement and surrounding communities, including the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Pinetop had its beginning when a bachelor stopped in a pristine meadow in 1885 and built a saloon.
Throughout the book are stories of the indomitable spirit of the people who fought against odds to carve out a living on the Mountain, whether clearing the land to farm and channel water for irrigation, or to find a way to bring in electricity when large utility companies wrote them off. The book examines life among the Apaches, Pinetop’s next-door neighbors, and a Black businessman who succeeds against racial prejudices.
Today, the ever-expanding popular playground features three country clubs, luxurious homes and fine dining all just minutes away from sparkling lakes, streams, hiking trails, ski runs and a casino.
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