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History Walks into Big Bug Station in Mayer, Arizona

Some Mayer local color is creative house painting. I was aching to put this picture up but needed some house-history of some sort to put up with it.

Today, house-history strolled into Big Bug Station for a cup of coffee and a photo op! One time resident Alice Carolyn Adams Fairall and her husband Gary of Apache Junction filled me in.

Fifty three years ago, Carolyn's family rented and lived in that house. Dad, Albert Jackson Adams, was a miner. And wherever he went mining in the Bradshaw Mountains his Mrs. Geneva Katherine Adams set up a one room schoolhouse and taught.

Geneva taught in Cleator, Ariz. for a while.

Albert was working Big Bug Creek for gold back then, too. But it wasn't until he and a couple others worked a copper vein they found in Jerome that gave the Adams family enough money to buy a fine house in Prescott.

Carolyn became a schoolteacher, too. And now is writing a book called, Arizona Dreams. She was in Mayer having her artist and photographer husband, Gary taking pictures for the book. Carolyn sells antique collectibles online as well as working on the book.

Nothing like walking, talking, history that is willing to share the stories with the rest of us who like looking through old historic towns and wonder about who lived here and why.

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