Arizona Pioneers’ Home: A Place for the Old-Timers Arizona took care of its pioneers.

photograph arizona pioneers home circa 1912
Arizona Pioneers’ Home, circa 1912.

The Arizona Pioneers’ Home was unique when it opened in 1911.  It was intended to care for old-timers who had no other place to go.  They had to have lived in Arizona for at least 35 years and be a minimum of 60 years old.  In 1916, a women’s wing was added.

Residents were given $7.50 a month, which many spent on alcohol and tobacco.  Among the notables who called it home: Mary Katherine Horony-Cummings, also known as Big Nose Kate; historian Sharlot Hall; and John Miller, who some think was Billy the Kid.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.