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You will find information about the West Valley side of the Phoenix Metro area. "Snappy" will also feature attractions and places throughout Arizona.

Arizona is more than the Grand Canyon state, it is a place to embrace and call home. From our famous palm trees to our beautiful pine trees, Arizona's landscape is brimming with nature's grandeur and diversity. Our majestic mountains invite you to climb, our valleys coax you to explore and our plains whisper stories of civilizations past. Saddle up to history-rich towns, breathtaking views and world-class fashion and food.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Located in North Phoenix, you'll visit over 90 acres of an old 1800's town, with no cars or smog! Just authentic buildings and historically accurate reproductions. See the Opera House where Lilly Langtry sang; look through a rifle port in the actual cabin that survived Arizona's bloodiest range war; laugh your way through a "melodrama"; or browse through an 1890's dress shop and much more!

All of this, plus a blacksmith shop, sheriff's office and jail, complete ranch complex, and costumed interpreters including cowboys, lawmen, and lovely Victorian ladies are at Pioneer Living History Village, Arizona's most authentic Old West town.

Plans for a living history museum first formulated in 1956 when an ambitious group of visionaries met at a restaurant and began to lament the loss of Arizona's history. Newspapers carried stories of historical buildings being bulldozed away in the face of progress. The pioneer homes of the early Arizona settlers were deserted and falling into ruin. From that first informal meeting grew the organization that came to be known as the Pioneer Arizona Foundation, and their mission was to save the history of Arizona from vandalism and destruction.

The original plans called for an exhibition of life in Territorial Arizona, focusing primarily on a 20-year period from the 1870's through the 1890's. A living monument to the faith, foresight, and fortitude of Arizona's Pioneers.

Construction of Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum began in September, 1963. Zoning was approved in 1964, and an exit off the freeway was approved in July of 1965.

Also in 1965, the museum was notified that the National and School Awards Jury had selected Pioneer Arizona as the recipient of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Honor Certificate Award in “community programs.” giving the museum national recognition for preserving American heritage and outstanding accomplishment in achieving better understanding of the American way of life.

The museum celebrated it's Grand Opening on February 15, 1969, with Phase 1 of the Living History Village. The Pioneer Living History Village you visit today is still in Phase 1. Over time and with contributions from the public, this Village hopes to one day complete the original founders' dreams so that our Western heritage here in Arizona is preserved for future generations to see. The village houses 30 historic buildings from the 1880s to the turn of the century. Most of them can be viewed and experienced by the public. We welcome field trips from schools, home schools, tour agents, destination planners and communities - The Village is a "Classroom Without Walls".

Pioneer Living History Village 3901 West Pioneer Road Phoenix, Arizona 85086 is open October 1 - May 31 Wednesday - Sunday, 9am - 4pm and June 1 - September 30  Wednesday - Sunday, 8am - 2pm.

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