6 fun and fascinating places to explore Phoenix history

Sheriff's Office at Pioneer Living History Museum

Over the decades, Phoenix and the surrounding cities have evolved quite substantially. At one time there were trees everywhere, for example. And before the railroad arrived in 1887, the buildings were almost all made from local trees and mud.

If you can’t imagine Phoenix in its early days, see it for yourself at Pioneer Living History Museum. Set on 90 acres in far North Phoenix, this town features original and replica buildings from the period 1863 to 1912.

See an original Victorian-style house, the log cabin school, or the imposing brick Opera House. Check out the reconstructed adobe Sheriff’s Office, the very crude Southern House or the quaint Community Church. There are plenty more buildings to see and explore.

You will also encounter costumed “interpreters” to showcase the life and times of the original Valley settlers. These include cowboys, lawmen and Victorian ladies.

The area regularly hosts school trips and other events including weddings, museum paranormal tours and gunslinger fast draw demonstrations.

Location: 3901 W. Pioneer Road, Phoenix


June 1 to Sept. 5: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays to Sundays, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Sept. 6 to May 31: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Cost: $10 adults, $8 ages 5-18, Free for kids under 5, $8 for veterans and seniors

Website: pioneeraz.org