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Mon, March 30

Letter: Perico's Hideaway was first Williams theme park

To the editor:

We all heard about the big plans for a theme park in Williams.

I know some of you newcomers never heard of a "Perico's Hideaway" back in 1960. It was started by me. The location was south of Williams a few miles nears Dogtown Dam. Plenty of water there at that time.

Well, it wasn't too long before people found the Hideway, considering it was hidden pretty good surrounded by beautiful Ponderosa Pines. Slowly, I put some tables and benches and nice drive thru, similar to Bearizona. Plus, being a painter, I painted the rocks white for people to see them at night, plus reflectors on the trees that would glow at night with the headlights of the cars. I even had 55 gallons barrels to collect the beer cans and bottles. Pretty neat little Hideway until the sheriff was flying his airplane looking for a lost hunter and noticed the all white rocks from the air. Well, the rest of the story, next day, the sheriff pin-pointed the area by foot and to his surprise, he found a sign that said "Perico's Hideway," which I admitted I had hired a sign painter to paint it. The sad part of the story was that I had homesteaded on Forest land.

Well, that could have been the beginning of Perico's Theme Park.

Perico Avila

Williams, Arizona

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