Originally known as Pleasant Valley, the name of the town was changed in honor of Miss Ola Young, who served as the town's post misstress for 50 years.
This is cattle country - its rolling, open meadowland and abundance of water was the scene of one of the nation's bloodiest range wars in the late 1800's. Dubbed the "Pleasant Valley War" it was made famous by the movie "To the Last Man". The graves and cabins of some of the participants are still here today.
With an elevation of 5,200 and a population of somewhere around 800, it is a great get-away location, with a little of something for everyone who loves nature. Elk, deer, mountain lions, bears and others inhabit the surrounding Tonto National Forest - beautiful rugged country offering cool pine forests and awesome vistas.
In normal times, Pleasant Valley receives more than 25 inches of precipitation annually and in the warm months the grass grows deep green and knee high, and wildflowers abound.