Jakes Corner in Gila County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Jakes Corner - An Arizona Stage Stop
As a pull out on the road to Globe, stages used to stop and wait as the occasional flooding Salt River receded. Annie Hardt had a vegetable stand, which passer-byes would stop and deposit her requested amount in the collection box, that Annie would later pickup.
In 1924, the first store was built by George Felton. With advent of motorized travel and completion of Roosevelt Dam, it became a popular stop to fix oil pans, tires, and fuel tanks. It was a small price to pay for the arduous journey along the Apache Trail. George and his wife Virginia operated the store for sixteen years. Virginia was the main caretaker, as George had an adventurous cowboy soul, and performed in Wild West shows worldwide, with his friend Charlie Meadows.
The well known Polly Brown of Payson operated the store for six years sometime after the Feltons. Jake and Nina Stephenson bought the place shortly afterward and renamed the area Jakes Corner.
Jakes Corner is still a popular stop for travelers headed to the Rim Country or Roosevelt Lake, but especially for the locals of the Tonto Basin area.
Erected 2009 by Lost Dutchman 5917+4, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 34° 0.619′ N, 111° 19.193′ W. Marker is in Jakes Corner, Arizona, in Gila County. Marker is on State Highway 188 3.3 miles south of State Highway 87, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Payson AZ 85541, United States of America.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2011, by Frank Houdek of Kingman, Arizona. This page has been viewed 755 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on October 15, 2011, by Frank Houdek of Kingman, Arizona. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 7, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.