People and families who leave their homes and journey into the unknown, searching for a chance to shape life on their own terms, for themselves and for their loved ones; these are the industrious ones, the people who create community and a sense of place.
In the mid 1800’s near the headlands of the Little Colorado River, where the foothills of the White Mountains meet the grass lands of what is now known as Round Valley, a diverse group of emigrants chose to settle and establish the towns of Springerville and Eagar.
The first settlers knew irrigations systems could be built drawing on the river to turn the arid grasslands into fertile farming fields, for the raising of livestock and the growing of mostly grain crops.
The livestock and irrigated crops, along with charcoal and timber from the foothills of the White Mountains were delivered to Fort Apache, some 70 miles to the west and south.
From a handful of determined pioneer farmers, a new community was born. Now almost 140 years later, Springerville and its sister community of Eagar, have become one of the most pristine destinations in all of Arizona, and the great American Southwest.
The two pioneering communities of Egar and its sister community of Springerville, over the last 140 years, have created comfortable places to live, and at the same time, have protected the pristine natural beauty of the area.
The foothills pine forest and rolling grasslands of Round Valley are home to a wide range of abundant wildlife which is truly magical to behold.
Apache County was carved out of Yavapai County (one of the four original ‘quarter-counties’ of the Arizona Territory).
One of the most scenic and historic destinations in the nation. Apache County consists of the White Mountains in the South, which leads to the open grasslands of Round Valley, and the heart of the Navajo Nation tribal lands.
Further north, the Nations tribal lands include Canyon de Chelly National Monument and the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in the far North.
Before Arizona Statehood in 1912, the Arizona Territory was a wild and untamed part of the world. The first settlers to arrive were focused on farming, ranching and mining. Their primary economy was based in keeping each of the U.S. Army Post supplied with food, building materials and other need supplies.
One of the most well known was Fort Apache, charged with protection of the settlers in the eastern White Mountains. As the rule-of-law came to the otherwise lawless territory, the number of settlers quickly grew, and the economy expanded rapidly.
Today Arizona finds itself with an expanded vision and mission; that of protecting, preserving and restoring its magnificent and awe-inspiring natural beauty, and its diverse wildlife filled ecosystems.
With Great Appreciation, for the careful work of Jack Becker, a life-long resident of Round Valley, and descendant of one of Round Valley’s pioneering families: Jack devoted many years to researching the early history of Round Valley.
Our thanks also goes to Carol Becker and family for keeping RoundValleyaz.com up for all to learn from and enjoy.
To the Springerville and Eagar Chamber of Commerce, our thanks also go, for maintaining their beautiful facility and the key roles they are playing in the building of our communities exciting future.