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    Living Rainbow
    A gift and craft shop at the top of Mt. Lemmon. You can’t sink a rainbow.

    Mt. Lemmon, the cool Arizona highlands
    Summerhaven, the canyon Destination
    Where the Trolls hangout in blissful solitude.
    Catch them wandering around their native stomp.
    Where crystals produce rainbows 360 days/year.
    Where bellstrands and wind chimes converse with the cool breezes
    And books patiently await flat land browsers.
    Where – The Living Rainbow Gift Shop!

    High upon the mountain, Mt. Lemmon to be exact. Rainbows abound. Built from scratch in 1979. Started as a bell strand factory and grew to a unique arts and crafts gift store.

    On June 19, 2003, the devastating Aspen Forest Fire swept through the community of Summerhaven on top of Mount Lemmon. The Living Rainbow Store, along with 360 other structures burned to the ground. Books about the mountain and fire are available in the store!

    The Living Rainbow never did actually close. The store, on a much smaller scale opened whenever possible in parking lots and driveways.

    On June 19, 2004, on the anniversary of the fire, the Living Rainbow moved into temporary dry quarters inside a trailer parked in the Mt. Lemmon General Store parking lot. During the final phases of reconstruction, the trailer was moved to the original site parking lot and remained until the new shop was ready to open.

    On Sunday, May 29th, 2005, The Living Rainbow had its Grand Re-Opening Ceremony.

    We have wind chimes, Aspen Fire T-shirts, Incense, Crystals, Beads and music CD’s and other gift items available. Come up, come in and browse around.

    The store is only 25 miles up the mountain (and 25 degrees cooler) from Tucson.
    Mount Lemmon Realty
    About Our Company

    Our Purpose
    Mount Lemmon Realty’s purpose is to provide information on all properties for sale on Mount Lemmon, in the Santa Catalina’s just north of Tucson. Arizona.

    Deeded Properties
    Many are surprised to learn that there is deeded land and cabins on Mt. Lemmon located in the village of Mt. Lemmon. Included in the deeded areas are Summerhaven Subdivision, Mt. Lemmon Estates #1 & 2, Woodridge Vacation Homes, Loma Sabino Pines as well as land and cabins which are not in a subdivision.

    Leased Land Properties
    One can also buy cabins that have been built on land leased from the Forest Service. These cabins are located in two areas, Soldier’s Camp and Willow Canyon summer home areas. Soldier’s Camp area includes Fern Ridge and Bear Wallow.

    What Do We Know?
    If you have Real Estate questions or need more information concerning properties shown in this site, please contact us. We are experts in vacation properties, resort properties, second homes, cabins and rentals. We are also experienced in IRS section 1031, tax differed exchanges.

    Why Us?
    Our firm, specializing in Mt. Lemmon properties for more that 60 years, knows the many unique “differences” that must be addressed before buying properties on Mt. Lemmon. Please go to General Information to review some of these differences. This is an old subdivision created in the late 30’s which does not meet current subdivision standards. Be careful, is our advice.

    Stop By
    Visit our office or call to see pictures of all listings, area information, maps and get on our mailer! We are located in the first building on right as you enter the village of Summerhaven.
    Sawmill Run Restaurant
    We serve great food in a friendly atmosphere. Indoor dining and a large patio outside. We smoke all our own meat and have a full bar. Come up and enjoy!

    The Sawmill Run Restaurant is named in honor of two sawmills that once existed on this very location.

    The original sawmill on this site dates back almost a hundred years. Jim Westfall, the first forest ranger on Mount Lemmon, later began to build cabins on the mountain for the Summerhaven Land and Improvement Company. He found an old sawmill once used in mining operations on the north side of the Catalina Mountains, and in the winter of 1915-16 he hauled it up to Summerhaven. With his wife Leeta working along side of him, they milled lumber and built cabins in Soldier’s Camp as well as the Neoli Lodge and La Mariposa Hotel in Summerhaven.

    Leeta became the manager of the hotel. A good cook, she provided meals for her guests and wanted to serve alcoholic beverages as well. Since this was during Prohibition, she and Jim installed a secret still above the hotel that turned out moonshine whiskey, beer, and mountain elderberry wine. To protect herself and the still, Leeta kept her 30-30 rifle loaded and might also have a small derringer wrapped in her long hair. She dismantled the still when Prohibition was repealed. Though the first sawmill lasted for several years, it too eventually disappeared.

    Tony Zimmerman brought the second sawmill to Summerhaven. A teacher at Safford Junior High in Tucson, he fell in love with Mount Lemmon when he went deer hunting with his school principal in 1937, and often hiked there on weekends.

    In Summerhaven he sometimes chatted with R. B. O’Neill on the porch of his two-room general store. O’Neill decided to retire and one day in 1940 offered to sell Zimmerman the Sawmill Tract, named for the original Westfall sawmill. This parcel included the general store and four rental cabins.

    In Zimmerman’s opinion the Sawmill Tract, seen first by visitors as they drove down the hill into Summerhaven, was the most valuable business property on the mountain. He promptly bought it. In 1943 he retired from teaching and purchased a used Corely No. 4 Sawmill, also setting it up on the site of this restaurant. He milled lumber to build a new store and eventually the adjoining Mount Lemmon Inn across the road from this restaurant. Both store and inn burned down in 1977. The present day Mount Lemmon Community Center stands on that site.

    The Sawmill Run Restaurant and the Community Center remind us of the history of Mount Lemmon in which Tony Zimmerman played an essential role.

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