Salome-Where She Danced

Dance your way into my hometown Salome, Arizona, a town that lives way beyond the boundaries of ordinary. The small community’s uniqueness shines through in many aspects that range from its events, people, and scenery. Through these strong aspects, the community lures outsiders by illustrating to them the correct notion of Arizona life as well as providing its town residents with tranquility lavished with its natural riches.

From the beginning of the establishment, the town confronted interesting situations that assisted in forming the great foundation for future generations. The first factor that presented itself was in the creation of a railroad, which launched the process of establishing the town. The founders encountered a problem when an incorrect speculation of where the railroad would run lead to the relocation of the town. In the year 1904, after obtaining the accurate area calculations of the railroad, Charles H. Pratt, assisted by the brothers Ernest and Dick Wick Hall, laid out the town’s plat at its current location. The latter founder became the extravagant character that, with his exhilarating imagination, introduced the small town of Salome to its surrounding Arizona locations.

Dick Wick Hall named the town Salome after establishing it in an area that he referred to as “Happy Valley” and created the witty town saying, “where she danced.” The name and the saying developed when Mrs. (Salome) Pratt attempted to walk across the hot desert sand in her bare feet and succeeded only by “dancing” to her destination. Most people assume that the Mr. Hall named the town after the biblical “Salome” who danced for her king, yet there is no connection written about the dancer and the town’s name. It seems that the diverse writer, Hall, was familiar with the biblical story, which the events of Mrs. Pratt’s dancing lead to Mr. Hall’s remembrance. The saw was only one of the many amusing stories and statements produced by the humorous writer most of which promoted his beloved town of Salome. His history, like his work, portrayed such uniqueness and diversity that volumes about him were written. Among his contributions to the construction of his image were being the co-editor of the Wickenburg News Herald, the writer of “Greasewood Golf Lynx,” and his most known piece the poem, “That Salome Frog.” The comical formation of the seven year old frog, who, unfortunately, could not swim yet dreamed of the summer rains, conjured such a benign uproar that no one could think of Mr. Hall without picturing him and his creation. In fact, the concept of the frog elevated to such popularity among the residents that going through Salome without viewing the beloved creature is quite impossible. A great example of such appraisal to the frog can be viewed on the walls of some of the main buildings and inside of one of the town’s restaurants, Christina’s. The town’s esteem toward the comical amphibian became so great that they even made their high school’s mascot the fighting frog.

Although the mascot may be misleading by producing a misconception of the school and its alumni, the way that the students and faculty disprove this misinterpretation dignifies and honors their town. The small town attributes do not limit the horizons of talent produced by the generations of Salome residents. Through that unlimited Salomian potential, many individuals achieved great accomplishments throughout the course of Salome history, and thanks to the community members’ stamina and triumphs another great characteristic of Salome blooms into view, the town’s unity. One of the benefits of being raised in a small town is the amount of involvement that the town can actually have in your personal life. The residents themselves become united and form into a type of family that rends support through rough times and provide unlimited guidance for accomplishments. These attributes fortify character and can continue for the rest of one’s life if one wishes them to. The bonds formed with your kindergarten friends, fellow neighbors, or co-workers fortify during the course of time so much that the covet sometimes produced by television shows were strong friendships transform into rare happiness is not envied by Salome residents since this is accessible possibility to them.

If the exquisite relationships that form with the community members do not appeal to the reader’s senses, then take into consideration the wondrous luxury that the town offers.

The natural lavishness that the area presents is extravagant and enough for anyone to enjoy. The reality that such priceless regions exist at no great expense for anyone is pure contentment. This is why the southwestern humorist, Dick Wick Hall, fell in love with the pleasurable area. His words for explaining the way he felt about Salome were clearly stated in the Saturday Evening Post where he, upon the Post’s request, wrote a piece titled “Short Turns and Encores.” His vivid description might help depict Salome to fellow readers. “This valley, about fifteen miles wide and forty miles long, lying between the Harqua Hala and the Harcuvar Mountains, appealed to me strangely the first time I came to it; not only its abundant warmth but the wonderful peace and quiet of it, which only a dweller of the desert can understand and appreciate,…” It is probably this authentic beauty that attracts the thousands of winter visitors, known as snowbirds, each year to enjoy the mild winters in the remote location. Among the great draws to the area are the charming RV parks and thousands of acres of natural desert and wilderness that are protected from development.

Salome inhabitants wield the natural attributes surrounding them to their own content when it comes to town events. Among the most popular are the annual Chili Cook Off and Dick Wick Hall Days. Both consist of nice community bonding and various forms of entertainment such as parades, dinners, dances for the public to attend and folkloric performances.  However, the fondest of activity involved in some of events would be the Off Road Poker. In this event, people enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area of “The Rocks” (as some know it) as well as a decent poker game. Meanwhile, calmer individuals could engage in rock hounding (rock collecting) or a placid hike through the valley.

About an hour drive from any great form of civilization, Salome is perfect for that sought out tranquility, or for anyone who, as Mr. Hall stated, “is consciously or unconsciously searching for” themselves. The vast abundance in clear air and splendid beauty composed of mountains, front row seating to the viewing of the Milky Way, as well as the glorious sunrise and sunset lure the passing visitor for an extra hour of their time. The beauty of Salome only compares with the warmth exerted by the bonding community. With such splendor, there is no question to how this small town can grow on a person. These aspects themselves are the invitation for those who desire the chance to attain an acquaintance with themselves or the surrounding valley. The request for a visit has been sent to all; come to Salome, remove your shoes and step on the land that is sure to make you dance.