Ah, Arrowhead v. North Arrowhead, a classic tale of the classic Wild West shootout. It all began back in the late 1870s, when Tyson Grey was making glances at Big Joe Marsdon's wife in the Old Town Arrowhead Saloon.
("Big Joe" Marsdon, circa 1880) (Tyson Grey, circa 1881)
You see, good ol' Tyson Grey was looking to buy a piece of land off Big Joe's ranch to build himself a new blacksmith shop on. But the deal was off, and that was when Big Joe first uttered the now famous (or infamous) line, "get the hell out of my town, pilgrim."
So Tyson Grey did just that. He packed up and moved a few miles north, where he won a large portion of the Bud Davis ranch by beating him in three rounds of Texas Hold 'Em. Not only did Tyson Grey build himself a new blacksmith shop, but he opened the doors for a new town built on industry.
Good ol' Tyson was a sly man. He imagined a town that would rival Big Joe and Arrowhead. But ol' Ty didn't have nearly the amount of money that Big Joe and Arrowhead did. While Arrowhead progressed through time as a booming commercial center, Tyson and North Arrowhead remained blue-collar, just like it is today. Good ol' Ty might've never got his wish, but the feud between him and Big Joe still lives on. Just ask a resident of North Arrowhead what they think about their neighbor city next time you're in town.
"Those people over in Arrowhead just play all the time with all their money and big buildings. This here is where the real hard workers are. We bustin' our ass all day just to come home to an old apartment in some half run-down old brick building. Yeah that's right, we bustin' our ass so the people over in Arrowhead can go home to their home up in the sky like they were birds 'r somethin. I just can't stand 'em. I mean I'm nice to 'em if any of 'em ever pop in the store, but that don't mean I gotta like 'em." - Maggie Sue Smith, checker at Save on Foods Grocery in downtown North Arrowhead
If Arrowhead was once the "New York of the West," then North Arrowhead would be Brooklyn or the Bronx. Today, the town has stretched out in the valley between the Bud Davis hills, but remains a strong industrial center. The only notable commercial enterprise in town would be the regional headquarters and operations center of AT&T, who built their new offices here instead of Arrowhead because the land downtown was so much cheaper. But most of the other office buildings in downtown have long since been converted into apartments. There are very few single-family homes in the city, as most of the population lives in apartment buildings from decades ago. And unlike Arrowhead, there are very few schools. To save on money, the city opted for large, consolidated schools. But the town does have a few things going for it. For one, its strong industrial center keeps the town economically stable, even if that means it stays stuck in a time warp. And also, it's the county seat of Marsdon County...something good ol' Tyson Grey would never have forseen. And if you're into historic architecture, the downtown area won't disappoint. Oh, and did we mention the beautiful giant Redwoods along U.S. 193? Imported from California in the '30s as one final draw between the two towns, they stand as living testaments of two larger-than-life characters.
(Marsdon County Courthouse, center)
(U.S. 193 @ Downtown)
(...the only Class-A office space in North Arrowhead, along U.S. 193 at the Arrowhead/North Arrowhead city limits)