Arizona is my home, Eagar, Arizona that is. Eagar is a beautiful little community in the northeast part of the state. John, William, and Joel Eagar, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints settled Eagar in 1879. Eagar is in the White Mountains. The White Mountains are covered with ponderosa pines and snow lies on the higher peaks for most of the year. There are herds of cattle and sheep on the lower slopes of the mountains. The Little Colorado River and its tributaries are used for irrigating crops and to beautify our lands. Eagar is near several lakes, beautiful mountains, a ski resort and a new golf course. There is excellent trout fishing in the streams and wild game, including elk, deer, antelope, and turkey which make the surrounding country a sportsman’s paradise. People come from all over the nearby states to hunt, fish and to see the changing colors of the Aspen leaves in the fall.
Eagar is also home to the only high school dome. Football is played in the dome and it is used for school and community events. High school teams from all over Arizona and New Mexico use it in the summer to get away from the heat. We are very fortunate to have this facility because we have some harsh weather from October until March.
Eagar is special to me because it was where my mother, father and I were raised. It is a very small community of about 6,000 people. My mother’s family, the Phelps, moved to Eagar in 1968 and they are prominent in the community. I was lucky enough to have a lot of family nearby while growing up. I love having lots of aunts, uncles and cousins nearby. I know that many care for me. We get together weekly to visit and monthly for a big dinner and activities. We all support each other. Some people think that is a bad thing for everyone to know each other. I love it and thought it was a great advantage because the people take care of one another. Now that I am in a big city, I feel like I don’t know anyone. I am slowly but surely building new friendships but I can’t wait to finish college and move back to the rural community of Eagar.
Eagar is unique because it is an old-fashioned little town. You feel safe at all times. You don’t even have to lock your doors. People are always concerned about their neighbors. You don’t hear about the many murders or drug arrests that occur in the big city. I am looking forward to someday returning to Eagar, Arizona and raising my own family.
Eagar, Arizona, is the only place for me, that is where I want to return. I want to go back to Eagar and live in a small town and teach is a small school. Eagar, Arizona is home to me.