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The George Walker House, Paradise, Arizona

The George Walker House


Paradise, Arizona


The George Walker House offers lodging 5 1/2 miles from Portal and Cave Creek in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona. The George Walker House is a 100 year old house that boasts two comfortable bedrooms, a dining room, a living room with a constantly-growing library of regional books, videotapes, field guides, and maps, a bathroom with shower and tub, a well-equipped kitchen stocked with coffee, tea, breakfast cereal, muffins, and juice, and a laundry room with washer and dryer. There is also a screened-in front porch, and a shady patio area with picnic table and a barbecue grill. The yard is completely fenced. We are nearby in a separate house. Paradise is a tiny (twelve year-round residents) former mining town surrounded by National Forest land. During its short but lively heyday, the town boasted bars, a barber shop, mercantile stores, hotels, a jail, and a red-light district. Almost everyone left when the mines failed, pulling down their homes and businesses and taking the lumber with them. Our guest house, built by George and Lula Walker at the turn of the century, is one of the few original structures still standing. One local story has it that the Walkers named Paradise while honeymooning here. The Paradise Cemetery, one mile from our house, is a wonderful walking destination for history buff, genealogist, and birder alike.