Town Profile - Springerville

 

Location:

Springerville is Eastern Arizona.  It is in Apache County.  The town is located on Interstate 60 near the New Mexico State border.  Both Interstate 191 (heading from the North) and Interstate 180 (heading from the South) merge very close to Springerville.

 

Overview:

Springerville is the perfect spot to start your White Mountain exploration.  It is a small town that began with cattle ranching.  Today Springerville’s population is 1,800.  The town sits at an elevation of 6,862 feet.  The climate is cool all year round with low temperatures in the winter 21 degrees and summer highs around 90 degrees. The town does receive 11.3 inches of annual rainfall and 30 plus inches of snow.  There are so many outdoor activities that surround this town.

 

History:

Springerville is known for its volcanic fields.  The Springerville Volcanic Field is the third largest young volcanic field in the United States.  The field was created in the late Pliocene to Pleistocene age.  The earliest eruption was approximately 3 million years ago.

In 1250 A.D., the Mogollon (Western Pueblo) mountain people came to this area to build a community.  This community thrived for over 1,100 years, due in part to their ability to adapt to the mountain environment.

 

Community Features:

There are several attractions you must see when you are in Springerville.  The Casa Malpais Indian Ruins is an archaeological park, where you can learn more about the first inhabitants of the area.  Raven Site Indian Ruins is another spot that contains more information on an ancient community.  The Renee Cushman Art Museum which holds dozens of pieces of art and furniture, dating from the Renaissance to the early 20th century.

Springerville has numerous outdoor activities.  The Colorado Trail Scenic Byway (State Route 191 – old Route 666 from Morenci to Springerville is known for its spectacular view and dangerous switchbacks.  Lyman Lake State Park provides water sports, 1,400 acres of camping, hiking, petroglyphs, store and a herd of buffalo.  There are two more lakes that have fishing nearby Mexican Hay Lake and Becker Lake.

 

Events

Carson and Barnes Circus                  Springerville Airport              May 17

Airport Fly-In Breakfast                     Springerville Airport              June 12

Badland’s Fireman Muster                 Springerville                            June 12

Annual 4th of July Parade                   Springerville/Eager                  July4

and Rodeo Celebration

Valle Redondo Fat Tire Fiesta            Springerville/Eager                  August 27-29

VARA Vintage Auto Race                 Springerville Airport              September 3-5

Electric Light Parade                          Springerville/Eager                  December 3

Festival of Lights                                Springerville/Eager                  December 24-25

 

Detailed Town Profile

 

QUESTION? I DIDN’T PUT EVENTS AND COMMUNITY FEATURES DOWN IN THIS PART -–DO YOU WANT TO?

 

Location:

Springerville is Eastern Arizona.  It is in Apache County.  The town is located on Interstate 60 near the New Mexico State border.  Both Interstate 191 (heading from the North) and Interstate 180 (heading from the South) merge very close to Springerville.

 

Overview:

Springerville is the perfect spot to start your White Mountain exploration.  It is a small town that began with cattle ranching.  Today Springerville’s population is 1,800.  The town sits at an elevation of 6,862 feet.  The climate is cool all year round with low temperatures in the winter 21 degrees and summer highs around 90 degrees.  The town does receive 11.3 inches of annual rainfall and 30 plus inches of snow.  There are so many outdoor activities that surround this town.

 

History:

Springerville is known for its volcanic fields.  The Springerville Volcanic Field is the third largest young volcanic field in the United States.  The field was created in the late Pliocene to Pleistocene age.  The earliest eruption was approximately 3 million years ago.

In 1250 A.D., the Mogollon (Western Pueblo) mountain people came to this area to build a community.  This community thrived for over 1,100 years, due in part to their ability to adapt to the mountain environment.

 

NEED SOME INFO ON SETTLERS

 

Government:

I HAVE NOTHING

 

Schools:

The Round Valley School District Office is in Springerville.  It is located at 418 East Main Street, 333-2632.

 

Medical:

White Mountain Communities Hospital is located in Springerville.  The hospital’s address is 118 South Mountain Avenue, 520-333-4368.

It is a rural general care hospital with 25 beds.  The hospital is a full service, 24 hour care facility providing emergency care, labor/delivery/newborn care, pediatric care, surgery services (including outpatient), inpatient pharmacy, respiratory therapy, rehabilitation services (speech, occupational and physical therapy) and a Definitive Care Unit.  All laboratory services are available 24 hours a day, along with radiology services.  There are a total of 24 physicians, dentists and non-physicians, mid-level practitioners on the staff of the White Mountain Communities Hospital.

There are two other healthcare facilities in Springerville.  They are the White Mountain Care Center at 116 South Mountain Avenue, 333-4368 and the Health Horizons Inc. at 114 South Mountain Avenue, 333-2050.

 

Water:

The Springerville Town Hall will help you if you are moving to the area, when it comes to water.  The Town Hall is located at 23 South Papago Drive, 333-2656.

 

Electricity:

The Navaopache Electric Co-op Inc. will help you with your electric hook up.  It is located at 303 East Mohave Street, 333-4631.

 

Gas- Propane:

There are two sources in town that can service your gas and propane needs.  They are Ferrellgas at 264 West Main Street, 333-2100 and Sierra Propane at 33 North Zuni Drive, 333-5550.

 

Telephone:

In order for you to keep in touch with others after moving to Springerville, you will need to contact Citizens Telecom in Show Low at 1-800-921-8101.

 

Police:

Emergency calls in the area please use 911.  The town’s police department is located at 418 East Main Street, 333-4240.

 

Local Media:

 

 

Living Accommodations:

El Jo Motor Inn                       425 Main St.               520-333-4314

Reeds Motor Lodge                514 East Main St.       520-333-4323514 or 800-814-6451

Rode Inn                                 242 East Main             520-333-4365

Super 8 Motel                         West U.S. Hwy 60      520-333-2655

White Mountain Motel           333 Main St.               520-333-5482

Casa Malpais Campground                Hwy. 60 West of Springerville            333-4632

Valley View Mobile Home Park        Hwy 180/191 going toward Alpine    333-2435

 

Services:

The nearest banking establishment in town is National Bank of Arizona, located at 7 West Main Street, 333-4311.  If you do not mind driving down the road a bit, you have a choice of two more banks in Eager.  The Frontier State Bank at 90 West Central, 333-5474 or Community First National Bank at 387 North Main Street, 333-2641.

Springerville also has an airport that services the area.  The airport is located at 905 West Airport Road, 333-5746.

Springerville as a number of churches located in town.

Assembly of God                                1418 First St.              333-2660

St. Peter’s Catholic Church                215 E. Apache St.       333-4423

Community Presbyterian                    41 Supai Dr.                333-4970

Seventh Day Adventist                       11 Gutierrez Dr.          333-5118

Church of Christ                                 Alpine Highway         333-2032

First Southern Baptist Church            142 S. Mountain Ave. 333-4672

Lutheran Church                                 East Main Street         333-2852

LDS Springerville Ward                     150 N. Aldrice Burk   333-2821

 

 

 

THIS IS STUFF FOR OUTDOOR ARIZONA – EASTERN

 

Beaker Lake is located in Eastern Arizona.  It is two miles northwest of Springerville, just off of U.S. 60.  The lake is 85 acres, at an elevation of 6,900 feet.  Beaker Lake is known for its large Rainbow Trout.  There are special regulations in effect from the first Friday in April to November 30.  You will need to look into them if you are planning to fish at those times.  The lake has restrooms on-site.  Beaker Lake is named after Gustav and Julius Becker.  The lake is the oldest man made lake in Arizona.  Rumors have it that several outlaws are buried at the bottom of the lake.

 

Mexican Hay Lake is located in Eastern Arizona.  It is 15 miles southwest of Springerville by way of 260 heading west out of town to 261 south to the lake.  The road to the lake is paved in both directions.  The lake is 69 acres, at an elevation of 8,800 feet.  Mexican Hay Lake is a small weedy lake, thus its name.  The lake has been known to give up some 15 inch fish on occasion.  Fishing is best in late summer and fall.  It is a necessity to have a small boat, waders or a tube because the shoreline is full of brush.

 

The Springerville Volcanic Field is the third largest young volcanic field in the continental United States.  The field was created during the late Pliocene to Pleistocene age.  The earliest eruption was nearly 3 million years ago.  The flow is known because of its size and volume.  Springerville field contains 405 vents and covers 1,158 square miles, which is larger than the state of Rhode Island.  The field is also famous for being the opening setting of one of Edgar Rice Burroughs books John Carter on Mars in 1935. 

 

Springerville Vocanic Field can be seen by a self guided tour outside of Springerville.  In order to complete the tour, directions must be followed using odometer readings.  The tour begins about 3 miles northwest of Springerville.  Take Interstate 60 north to Interstate 180 and head about 6 miles up the Interstate to Hall Ranch Road.  Here you should set your odometer to zero.  At this point, you will see several flows from the “Twin Knolls” vent. 

The next stop is heading back south on Interstate 180, till the odometer reaches 2.9.  Here you will see remains of a vent and to the east Coyote Hills is a shield volcano.  A shield volcano is formed by many lava flows that have gradually build up to a large volcano.  When viewing this from above it looks like a Roman shield. 

Then travel south again to U.S. 60, approximately 3 miles.  Turn west onto U.S. 60, approximately 8 miles.  When the odometer reads 14.0 miles pull off the road.  Here you will see a sag flowout.  The view is from the middle of the bowl. 

Continue west on U.S. 60 until Green’s Peak Road.  The odometer should read 18.0 and travel down the FS-117 to FS-61.  The odometer should read 31.2 and turn right.  Head west on FS-61, less than a mile.  Then turn right and go north up to Green’s Peak to the lookout tower.  The odometer should read 33.0 miles.  At this advantage point, the view provides a great look at the Springerville Field.  This is the end of the self guided tour.  At this time you need to retrace your path back home.

 

THE FOLLOWING GOES UNDER ATTRACTIONS FOR EASTERN ARIZONA

 

The Renee Cushman Musuem can be found in the town of Springerville. The museum is in the LDS Springerville Ward at 150 N. Aldrice Burk.  The museum is open by appointment when you call 333-2821.  Renee Cushman came from the family of a prominent European artist and traveled extensively around the world.  After marrying a second time she moved after WW II to the White Mountain Hereford Ranch in Springerville.  She lived in Springville until 1950 when she moved again.  In 1969, she died leaving her collection to the Latter-day Saints in Springerville.  The museum is in one wing of the building and is appropriately designed to show her treasured pieces.  Many of the pieces are from the Renaissance period to the 20th century.  Some pieces that you will find are three ink drawings by Tiepolo, complete set of Austrian china and a piece by Sir Godfrey Kneller.  The museum is a unique stop. 

 

The Casa Malpais National Historic Landmark Site is located about 2 miles north of downtown Springerville.  You can reach the site by Interstate 60.  It is a 16 acre pueblo complex that is known around the world.  Casa Malpais was built in 1250 A.D. and was lived in by the Mogollon (Western Pueblo people) for nearly 120 years.  The site represents one of the largest and most complex communities in the United States.  Casa Malpais has a Great Kiva, a large masonry pueblo, an enclosing wall, a prehistoric trail, numerous rooms, scared chambers, rock art areas, grinding spots and formal trash middens.  Many of the artifacts found are on display at the Malpais Museum.  The Casa Malpais Museum and Visitor Center is open daily in the summer.  There are tours of the site offered every day.  This site is a must see when you are in the area of Springerville.

 

Raven Site Indian Ruins is located about 13 miles north of Springerville.  Head out of Springerville north on Interstate 60.  Then take Interstate 180/191 north again near Richville.  Turn right onto Tucson Electric Power Plant Road.  Head half a mile down the gravel road to the research center.  The Raven Site Ruin consists of two pueblos with 800 rooms and two kivas.  The site is on a 5 acre piece that overlooks the Little Colorado River.  You can participate in guided hiking tours of the petroglyphs and other sites.  The tour also includes visits to the laboratory, museum, library and excavation areas. 

The Site is open daily 9:30 to 5:00 pm. from May 1 to mid-October.  The guided tours of Raven Site are held daily at 11, 2 and 4:00 pm.  The site tour is $3.50, but for those ages over 62 and ages 12-17 the cost is $2.50.  The self guided tour is $4.00, but for those ages over 62 and ages 12-17 the cost is $3.00.  If you would like to participate in a one day excavation which includes lunch the cost is $59.00 and those 9-17 it is $37.00.  The site requires reservations for guided tours and excavation programs.  Please contact White Mountain Archaeological Center, HC 30, Box 30, St. John’s, AZ 85936 or call 520-333-5857.  This site has so much for everyone to see and learn.