Payson Real Estate
Payson was originally named Peteetneet Creek after Chief Peteetneet, a Timpanogos Indian Chief who lived nearby. The area was settled in 1850 and later renamed Payson after its founder James Pace. A monument honoring the chief still stands at the Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center.
In 1883, the city opened an opera house, which is still standing today. It was also the home of a horse collar factory. The city is located on the southern end of Utah County and has seen gradual growth since 1990. The city has a large number of residents with Scottish descent and celebrates this heritage every July with the Scottish Festival.
Things to Do
Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center – The building was originally built as a school for first through eighth grades. It opened its doors in January of 1902 and over the years, the school shifted and changed according to the needs of the community and eventually expanded the building in 1958. In 1988, it was abandoned by the school district due to safety concerns. After an extensive renovation, it was reopened as a museum and cultural arts center. Now, you’ll find plenty of artifacts, community events, and art classes at the Peteetneet Museum.
Drive the Nebo Loop – The Nebo Loop is a scenic byway that crosses the Uinta National Forest and runs between the city of Payson and Nephi. Drivers enjoy breathtaking views of the Wasatch Mountains and Utah Valley. It’s an incredible experience for photographers and anyone who loves wildlife. Along the drive, there are many campgrounds, trails, and picnic tables. The entire drive takes about 1 ½ hours.
Spring Lake Trout Farm – If you want a fun outdoor experience and a fun way to introduce your kids to fishing, the trout farm is the perfect place to go. It offers no limit, no license pond stocking and year round fishing. You can choose to fish per pound, or do a catch and release. It’s fun for the whole family!
Scottish Festival – Every year, Payson is home to a Scottish Festival where visitors will find strong man events, scottish dance performances, tons of vendors, bagpipping, and plenty of games for the kids. It’s a fun event and admission is free.
Gladstan Golf Course – This off-the-beaten-path golf course is a true gem for any golfer looking for 18 holes of beautiful rolling fairways, bunkers, water, and incredible views. It also has a junior golf league for youth golf.
Places of Interest
Payson Historic District – The historic district in Payson is 300 acres and includes 429 contributing buildings as well as other structures and sites. The work dates back to 1857 and includes two historic hotels. You can find many of the buildings still standing along Payson’s Main Street.
If you want to experience small town shopping, head on over to Main Street in Payson. Many of the shops are housed in historic buildings and give you an awesome small town feel. You’ll find locally owned shops and antique stores, as well as an old fashioned ice cream shop, a general store, and even a Walgreens. It’s fun to spend an afternoon and discover the treasure of shopping on Main Street.
The schools in Payson are part of the Nebo School District. It serves the southern part of Utah County and is the 7th largest school district in the state.
Junior High Schools