An international group with members in AZ, CA, CO, FL, IN, NM, OK, OR, SC, United Kingdom and Canada
Dedicated to the lives and times of the men and women of the Old West, and to the spirit of the era, 1860 through 1890
"Arizona's Most Authentic Old West Town"
Located 30 minutes north of downtown Phoenix, you'll visit over 90 acres of an old 1800's town, with no cars or smog! Just authentic buildings and historically accurate reproductions. See the Opera House where Lilly Langtry sang; look through a rifle port in the actual cabin that survived Arizona's bloodiest range war; laugh your way through a "melodrama"; or browse through an 1890's dress shop and much more!
All of this, plus a blacksmith shop, sheriff's office and jail, complete ranch complex, and costumed interpreters including cowboys, lawmen, and lovely Victorian ladies - await you at Pioneer Living History Village, Arizona's most authentic Old West town.
In 1956, plans for a living history museum began with a group of Arizona history enthusiasts. Many landmarks of Arizona history were being destroyed by what many called progress. These enthusiasts formed the "Pioneer Arizona Foundation, Inc"
The museum celebrated it's Grand Opening on February 15, 1969, with Phase 1 of the Living History Village. The Pioneer Living History Village you visit today is still in Phase 1. Over time and with contributions from the public, this Village hopes to one day complete the original founders' dreams so that our Western heritage here in Arizona is preserved for future generations to see. The village houses 30 historic buildings from the 1880s to the turn of the century. Most of them can be viewed and experienced by the public. They welcome field trips from schools, home schools, tour agents, destination planners and communities - The Village is a "Classroom Without Walls".