Near Sedona in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
A Canyon Retreat: Mayhew Lodge
In the early 1870s, when there was no road or electricity and grizzly bears still roamed Oak Creek Canyon, a hunter known as Bear Howard built the first cabin on site. Howard earned his nickname after a friend was mauled to death, an event that prompted Bear to hunt and kill every grizzly in the canyon, and according to local legend, sometimes with only a knife.
Then years after Bear built the original cabin, the Thomas family enlarged the cabin and planted apple orchards. Over time, other families homesteaded here.
Western writer Zane Grey's travels through the canyon inspired his novel, Call of the Canyon. In 1923, Flagstaff photographer Carl Mayhew came to this site to work on a film of Grey's novel. Mathew purchased the property, added on to the existing cabin, and opened Mayhew Lodge to guests in 1926. The Mayhew family operated the
The lodge fireplace and some of the wall still stand. Behind you are the remains of a cabin that was converted to chicken coop, as well as an opening in the cliff wall that was likely used by early settlers for food storage.
Erected by Red Rock Ranger District, Coconino National Forest.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #31 Herbert Hoover series list.
Location. 34° 59.299′ N, 111° 44.756′ W. Marker is near Sedona, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker can be reached from Shady Lane near Arizona Route 89A. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sedona AZ 86336, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow Indian Gardens (approx. 5˝ miles away); Van Deren Cabin (approx. 6.3 miles away); Wilson Mtn. Trail (approx. 7.1 miles away); Jordan Tractor Shed (approx. 7.7 miles away); Jordan Farmhouse (approx. 7.7 miles away); Fruit Packing House (approx. 7.7 miles away); Orchards (1890 - 1970) (approx. 7.7 miles away); Van Deren Ranch (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sedona.
More about this marker. The Mayhew Lodge site is located on the Call of the Canyon Trail about 1/2 mile from the trailhead at the Oak Creek Canyon parking lot.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 406 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 31, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.