“The Oak Creek Tavern, a Sedona institution for a quarter of a century, was taken over June 1 by Bert McGuire, who recently purchased Canyon Portal Service Station from Ray Steele, leased the rest of Canyon Portal Center from the Jack Pacinis, and became part owner of some 65 acres in the Soldier Pass Road area.”
“McGuire, his wife, Evelyn, who is a sister of Mrs. Dick Duncan, of Poco Diablo, and the McGuires’ son, Tommy, a student at the Sedona School, have moved to the Red Rock country.”
“Nothing at the tavern will be changed, its devotees will be glad to hear, for the Oak Creek Tavern is much more than its name implies, and its history and the history of its founders bear repeating as a part of the building of a community.”
“Oma Bird and her late husband, Lee, were for 30 years, from 1934 to 1964, owners of a fine ranch between Page Springs Road and Lower Oak Creek. There, in later years, he had purebred black Angus cattle, and when finally the ranch was sold, all the cattle went to the San Carlos Indians, who today have one of the finest herds in Arizona.”
“Oma and Lee built the first Oak Creek Tavern in 1945 in conjunction with what was then known as the ‘upper store’ now the Oak Creek Market. The tavern was known locally, and affectionately, as ‘Bird’s Bar.’ Ten years later the existing tavern, sealed off by law at that time from the grocery store, came into being at the same location.”
“For years the Birds had collected gem and mineral stones. These Lee built into the facing of the tavern fireplace, as he and Oma had long planned.”
“On permanent display at the tavern today is a glittering…
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