OUR TINY BUT MIGHTY MUSEUM
Mesa Journal-Tribune September 23, 1932
Tortilla Flat, located on the Apache Trail between Mormon Flat and Fish Creek, has its first school building.
Creation of a new district in Tortilla Flat was recently accomplished and carpenters last week finished construction on the building. School opened Monday morning with registration of 14 pupils. Mrs. Spence Dingle of Mesa is the instructor. The school serves the children of Tortilla Flat, the Canyon Lake area, and Horse Mesa Dam.
Our Schoolhouse Museum Today
The original schoolhouse survives to this day where it was moved to Horse Mesa Dam after the flood of 1943.
At Tortilla Flat, the replica school sits where the original was located, at the end of town by the old hanging tree. Today, it houses a tiny, but mighty museum, and our town guest book.
There are as many stories about Tortilla Flat as there are people who have visited. The mysteries and legends of the Lost Dutchman's mine continue to fascinate and inspire people to this day.
Visit the reinvented museum, which was redesigned and updated in 2021.
Guide to Visiting Our Museum
Just inside the door you'll find our guestbook, and a sampler of those who have visited before you. The welcome plaque tells the history of everyone who has "owned the town".
On any given day, you can see names of guests from all over the world!
Follow to the left for a chronological journey through time, and our history.
The History of the Superstitions
Native American and Water History
Our Display Case of Amazing Artifacts
As you progress, each section is marked in seasons, each new season begins after a fire or flood destroyed the town... and we rebuilt. again.
A sample of what's in each season...
Season 1 - The very beginning of our town
Season 2 - The Apache Trail and dam construction
Season 3 - The flood of '43
Season 4 - Mid-century service station and motel
Season 5 - The new, old western town
Season 6 - The era of building a global family
Season 7 - The modernization of an old town