Apache County Historical Museum
The museum has a surprisingly large breadth of artifacts depicting life in Apache County as the Apache, Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni Tribes, and Spanish and Mormon settlers clashed and meshed throughout the history of our communities. These displays include arrowheads, firearms, written histories, diaries, photographs, tools, musical instruments, household items, and dioramas representing the daily lives of our early diverse cultures. Petrified and fossilized teeth and bones, and a nearly intact camel leg – found by Darin Nielsen at Richville located between St. Johns and Springerville - are some of the representative items of earlier times. Among the earliest artifacts on display are intact Columbian Mammoth tusks thought to be more than 40,000 years old; discovered by Terry Greer in a sand and gravel pit near St. Johns. Our outdoor exhibits include wagons, farm machinery, and two cabins. Built by local residents in 1882, the log cabin was moved to the museum grounds and furnished with items representing the time of construction. The adobe cabin was built on the museum grounds by local residents to illustrate a structure that is typical of such dwellings used by western settlers.