Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Granite Dells

Formerly called Point of Rocks, this area was homesteaded in 1881 by Tom and James Wing. They planted the vineyards that still flourish today. By the early 1900's the Dells became a resort with a hotel and pavilion but burned down several years later. Some years after, the original owners' grandson, Morris Payne and his brothers returned to build again. A dance pavilion, bath house, and swimming lake were opened and a two story resort hotel was built for the increasing number of visitors. During the 1920's through the 1950's, more than 20,000 people visited the Dells annually.

In 1970 the resort and swimming lake closed with the retirement of Morris Payne but in the late 70's and early 80's the area was opened again for a few years and then closed for the last time.
The top picture is how it looks today, possibly a private residence.
To see some great pictures and read more history about the area check out the link below.


Sharon said...

What an interesting history. It looks a little shabby right now.

Jacob said...

Fascinating. And you write so well! I think I like this place the way it looked in the old days...but that's perhaps because those photos bring back some long forgotten childhood memories.

Great photos and historical monologue! Thanks.

Linda G. said...

The "now" makes me a little sad, as most "nows" do!
Thanks for the link!

eccentricsal said...

My Mom & Dad started their live together in Prescott in 1950 and had their first child in Prescott. They had 7 children - 5 of us and our children will be making a Memorial trip to Prescott this October. We would like to see if we can find if the bowling alley my Dan sit pins at is still around. If you can email me any information on places that are still around from that time period I would it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Sally Shafer

Sahuaro globetrotters said...

I used to camp right nearby in an established campground and would walk to the remains of the pavillion and bathing lake. Is it possible to still camp there? I can't find any campground that seems right online. timaleeh@hotmail.com