Pioneer Village

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DESCRIPTION

The Pioneer Living History Village is a blast from the past! It has an exhibit for all aspects of frontier 1880s’ and beyond way of life. They have collected original historic structures and have reconstructed structures as well to portray a business district, a variety of homes, a farm house and other buildings that were on the farm, a mercantile store, a Saloon, a telephone museum, an opera house, a church, a school, a sheriff office, court and jail. Visitors pay for a ticket and then go on a self-tour.

There is a very nice shady place with picnic tables to have lunch. There is a section where kids can pan for gold, etc. Needless to say, it is a great living museum that is inter-generational. During the school year, school children come here on field trips. The Pioneer Living History Village offers teachers materials to share with their students.

 

HISTORY

In 1956, Phoenix and the surrounding suburbs experienced a growth spirt. Land developers began to buy land, tear down historic structures to make room for “progress”; building of new homes and support businesses. However, a group of enthusiastic historic preservationists banded together and formed The Pioneer Arizona Foundation with the purpose of saving some of the historical structures that were built between the years 1870 and 1910.

This Pioneer Arizona Foundation had some influential founding members which helped to get the ball rolling. Former Governor Paul Fannin, Senator Barry Goldwater, Senator Carl Hayden and Wesley Bolin.

The foundation needed some place to move these historic structures, restore them, and have enough room for reconstructed historical places. The dream was to create an atmosphere of the era; creating a frontier Village, where they could have an active hands-on museum where children could benefit by learning about how the early settlers of Arizona and the west lived and persevered in a life quit

The Pioneer Arizona Foundation made the first step to building the dream by buying 90 acres in North Phoenix in the middle of nowhere. Cities such as Phoenix, Prescott Clifton, Gia Point, and Globe, Arizona donated some of their historic structures. One donation nearly met the wrecking ball but the foundation managed to get enough money together to move it to the Village in time.

Others donated money to reconstruct the original building now long gone. When they wound up with 15 original structures and 15 reconstructed structures , they decided to change the name from The Pioneer Living History Museum to The Pioneer Living History Village. It opened its doors in 1969.

Somewhere along the way, the state of Arizona bought this museum. For some reason it was put on the auction block in 2010. Great Western Historical LLC outbid Phoenix in the state-land auction. However, a water issue resulted. Great Western Historical LLC Eric Roles: “The state will not permit private lands, which the museum lands will become once the purchase transaction is closed, to serve water and wastewater from state leased lands.”

The Pioneer Living History Village had to close until a water line to the museum site was built. After money was spent, the museum was able to continue its operations.

LOCATION

The Pioneer Living History Village
3901 W Pioneer Rd,
Phoenix, AZ 85086

Located in the North Phoenix area.

 
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