Pima Air & Space Museum (Tucson) by John Sounders


Uncover the pioneer past of the Gila Valley in Pima. The town’s quaint museum paints a picture of past and present life in this pastoral community in a respondent setting.

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The intimate Eastern Arizona Museum and Historical Society stands in counterpoint to the expansiveness of the scenic setting in Pima.

The small, sweet rural community of Pima, nestled in the Gila River Valley foothills below Mount Graham, has been known by a number of names. Originally called Smithville, it was founded by Mormon settlers in 1879. It still goes by the nickname “Pioneers of the Valley,” a nod to its legendary past.

Housed in the historic 1915 Bank of Pima, the Eastern Arizona Museum and Historical Society is a great place to get grounded. It contains a treasure trove of objects from the area’s early settlers. Browse American Indian artifacts, photographs, mining equipment, and family archives. From there, all of Graham County unfolds, with scenic byways winding through glorious, unpeopled wilderness areas. Hike, bike, camp, stargaze, or just breathe in the fresh air of the Apache-Sitgreaves and Coronado National Forests.

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For Visitor information

Graham County Chamber of Commerce | 1111 Thatcher Blvd | Safford, AZ | 888) 837-1841 | www.visitgrahamcounty.com

County It all started How High? Head Count
Graham 1916 2,838ft 2,387

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