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“My beloved Arizona" was the term of endearment Zane Grey bestowed upon this state. Its history and people inspired his western novels. Its game and landscape impassioned his zeal for the wild, and its rugged natural beauty stirred his introspective soul.
Grey's passion for the American frontier was his birthright; his ancestors, the Zanes, were heroes of the American Revolution who settled the Ohio River Valley. But Grey was a baseball player, a New York City dentist, and a starving writer before his tales of the western frontier made him "The Father of the Western Novel."
His popularity and proliferation were unprecedented in his time. Virtually all of his 64 novels, over 300 short stories, 10 non-fiction westerns, hunting and fishing articles and books, and 130 movies were enormously successful.Grey's books have been published in over 20 languages and estimated annual sales today are between 500,000 and one million copies worldwide. The Riders of the Purple Sage is considered the quintessential western classic of all time.
Fans included Anwar Sadat, Dwight Eisenhower, and Winston Churchill. President George H. Bush quoted Grey in a speech.
Zane Grey's Historic Cabin
Grey, 67 died at home in Altadena, California in 1939. Time, vandals, and neglect damaged his cabin north of Payson until the 1950s when Phoenix businessman William Goettl bought and restored the structure. The original Zane Grey Cabin was built in its remote location in the early 1920’s. Prior to being destroyed by the Dude Fire in 1990, it was a favorite historical destination for over 20,000 visitors a year. Even today, fans of Zane Grey, come to Payson asking for directions to The Cabin.
"The Cabin" is Rebuilt
Zane Grey Novels