Payson's Historic Oxbow Inn & Saloon

Payson's Historic Main Street

The Oxbow Inn and Salon is located right on historic Main Street. In the town's early days, Main Street was a dusty thoroughfare with saloons, hotels, boarding houses, livery stables, a blacksmith shop and a sawmill. Historically Payson's Main Street was the social center for much of the Rim country, Steeped in the legend and lore of the Old West, Main Street is now increasingly popular as a tourist destination. At one end is the Sawmill Theatre complex and at the other, award-winning Green Valley Park. Besides a host of shopping opportunities for antiques, gifts, scrapbooking supplies, books and other treasures, Main Street features two very special museums, a family restaurant, and our historic cowboy saloon.

Sawmill Crossing
Anchored by a multiplex movie theater, Sawmill Crossing occupies 14 acres south of Main Street and west of the Beeline Highway, on the very site where the Kaibab sawmill was located. Chili's Restaurant and Club USA Health & Fitness are recent additions to this popular Main Street shopping and dining complex.

Rim Country Museum
Surrounded by lakes and rolling hills, this three-building, two-story facility at Green Valley Park includes the first forest ranger station in Payson and a replica of the historic Herron Hotel -- known as the Payson Hilton until it burned in 1918. The museum houses public exhibits ranging from the ancient peoples who once inhabited the area to a working model of an old sawmill. It also has a large gift shop. Admission is $3 for adults, $2.50 for seniors 55 and over, $2 for students 12-17, and free for children 11 and under. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Body Elegance Day Spa
Body Elegance Day Spa is located in the historic Wilbanks house at 500 W. Main Street. The facility has been completely restored to offer clientele an elegant but relaxing Victorian atmosphere. A staff of six at Body Elegance Day Spa includes two nail technicians, three massage therapists, and a hair stylist. In addition to spa pedicures, they offer manicures, gel overlays, full body massages, hot rock massages, haircuts and hair coloring.

Green Valley Park
The 45-acre park at the west end of Main Street features three lakes that use reclaimed water to replenish the ground water supply. Part of the Arizona Game and Fish Department's urban fishing program, the three lakes are stocked with rainbow trout from October to May. Picnic ramadas and a grassy amphitheater, where town-sponsored concerts and other events are held, complete the park. The fountain in the center of the main lake at Green Valley Park provides a refreshing backdrop for a weekend visit to the Rim country.

Historic Payson Landmark National Register Historic Places
Listed 10/01/04  #04001073
Payson, Arizona, USA
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