Tonto Basin, Arizona

Coordinates: 33°50′24″N 111°17′5″W / 33.84000°N 111.28472°W / 33.84000; -111.28472
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Tonto Basin, Arizona
Location in Gila County and the state of Arizona
Location in Gila County and the state of Arizona
Tonto Basin, Arizona is located in the United States
Tonto Basin, Arizona
Tonto Basin, Arizona
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 33°50′24″N 111°17′5″W / 33.84000°N 111.28472°W / 33.84000; -111.28472
CountryUnited States
 • Total32.13 sq mi (83.20 km2)
 • Land32.12 sq mi (83.19 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
2,238 ft (682 m)
 • Total1,444
 • Density44.96/sq mi (17.36/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST (no DST))
ZIP code
Area code928
FIPS code04-74610
GNIS feature ID1853170

Tonto Basin is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gila County, Arizona, United States. The population was 1,424 at the 2010 United States Census,[2] up from 840 in 2000.

Within Tonto Basin is located in the unincorporated community of Punkin Center.


The Pleasant Valley War (also sometimes called the Tonto Basin War or Feud) was an 1886 Arizona range war between two feuding families, the cattle-herding Grahams and the sheep-herding Tewksburys.


Tonto Basin is located in western Gila County at 33°50′24″N 111°17′5″W / 33.84000°N 111.28472°W / 33.84000; -111.28472 (33.839953, -111.284734),[3] in the valley of Tonto Creek, a south-flowing tributary of the Salt River. Arizona State Route 188 passes through the community, leading southeast 49 miles (79 km) to Globe, the county seat, and north 30 miles (48 km) to Payson.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Tonto Basin CDP has a total area of 31.3 square miles (81.1 km2), all land.[2]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 840 people, 439 households, and 262 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 26.8 inhabitants per square mile (10.3/km2). There were 726 housing units at an average density of 23.1 per square mile (8.9/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.1% White, 1.4% Native American, 0.9% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. 2.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 439 households, out of which 9.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.3% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.91 and the average family size was 2.38.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 10.4% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 13.5% from 25 to 44, 39.9% from 45 to 64, and 32.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $23,398, and the median income for a family was $29,091. Males had a median income of $30,125 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $15,157. About 15.9% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.9% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable person[edit]

  • Frederick Russell Burnham participated on the losing side in the Tonto Basin Feud of 1886 and narrowly escaped alive. After the feud, he went home to California and left for Africa only a few years later.[6][7]

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Tonto Basin CDP, Arizona". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 3, 2016.[dead link]
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ a b Burnham, Frederick Russell (1926). Scouting on Two Continents. New York: Doubleday, Page and Co. Chapters 3 & 4. ASIN B000F1UKOA.
  7. ^ R. R. Money (April 1962). "Tonto Basin Feud". Blackwood's Magazine. 291. ISSN 0006-436X.
  8. ^ "Tonto Basin Outlaws (1941)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 7, 2007.