In the early 1900s, with August monsoons bringing cooler afternoons, families from far and wide gathered in Payson for the August Doins’. People, horses and livestock paraded down Main Street and couples danced the night away while babies slept nearby.
Meanwhile, at the Pieper Saloon gambling supported the rodeo. The Pieper Saloon was located at Main Street and Bootleg Alley, which was the center of Payson in the early days. It is the oldest commercial building in Payson and is now home to Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art.
The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, started in 1884, was held on Main Street. Tom Mix, famous actor, even participated in the rodeo and encouraged the cowboys to try riding steers.
Today, the August Doin’s continue with the 2013 rodeo being held August 15-18. On Saturday, August 17, tourists and locals will line Main Street to watch the traditional parade that passes by Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, making this eclectic store still a great place to gather.
Those looking for anything western can probably find it at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art. Owners Ken and Brenda Mooney carry Payson’s largest and best selection of gently used and new boots, hats, shirts, and much more. A one-of-a-kind art gallery features many listed artists as well as award-winning Native American artists. Collectibles, such as Hallmark and Boyds, can be found throughout the store.
Golfers find it’s a great place to buy clubs, bags, etc. The Mooneys have also managed to fill all 2,000 square feet of their store with: music, books, steins, leather, denim, vintage hats, teapots, dinner and kitchenware.
Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art is located at 520 W. Historic Main Street, Payson, and is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 928-472-4323 for more information.