Tags Articles tagged with "Maricopa Historical Society"

Maricopa Historical Society

Oliver Anderson, 88, moved to Maricopa in the 1950s. Photo by Mason Callejas

 

His story begins less than a month after Black Tuesday, America’s economic disaster that incited the Great Depression.

“He’s always served without fanfare, under the radar, wanting no recognition – just wanting the pure joy and knowledge that things will be better.” Kelly Anderson

Oliver Anderson, 88, was born a Phoenician on his family’s farm near Southern and 19th avenues in 1929. Life for all Americans then was a challenge. But the effects of the Wall Street crash were less noticeable to those who worked the ground.

“We grew our own food, and what you didn’t grow, you traded with your neighbors,” Anderson said.

From farm to island, Anderson later spent two years in Japan on a U.S. Air Force base.

In July 1954, the young cosmopolitan moved to Maricopa in the sweltering heat to work on a farm co-owned by his father and a business partner. Anderson-Palmisano Farms, started in 1949, grew cattle, cotton, grain and alfalfa.

Services in the dusty community were primitive – there were no residential phones and roads were paved with dirt. The 25-cycle electricity pumped currents so low, utility customers were bathed in beams of blinking lightbulbs.

“Maricopa was out in the country, but if you’re working seven days a week, time goes pretty fast – very rapidly,” Anderson said.

The rural town was inhabited with working people spread far from each other by the agriculture industry that provided most of them a living.

Townspeople saw each other once a week, usually at school functions or Headquarters Café.

Newsprint didn’t cover the happenings in the town yet, either. Residents visited Postmaster Fred Cole or the barber to stay informed.

“The haircut you received depended on his mood of that day,” Anderson said. “When you went in to get a haircut, that’s where you got the scoop.”

Those who made their mark in the early days didn’t do so without challenges, according to longtime Maricopa resident and farmer John Smith. Settling the rugged, desert land and transforming it into fertile ground was not always simple for many working in the often unforgiving agribusiness.

“Oliver has been successful out on that farm when very few people were,” Smith said. “Things got tough, but he managed to wade through — a few of us did — most didn’t.”

The Andersons made their contributions to the activities and culture in Maricopa, too.

Hermina, Anderson’s wife of 62 years, employed her musical prowess while directing dinner theaters at the school in the 1980s. She provided piano lessons to children and served on the school board.

With a small populace and no formal government, Maricopa pioneers, like Anderson, began a life of service to the community that would span decades.

With the Maricopa Rotary Club, Anderson helped the community in its effort to build a swimming pool. The annual Stage Coach Days celebration was launched to help fund it.

For 10 years Anderson served on the Maricopa School Board, before it became a unified district.

The Anderson family dressed for Stagecoach Days. Submitted photo

In the early 1980s, Anderson was asked to serve on an advisory committee to the University of Arizona dean of the burgeoning Maricopa Agricultural Center.

Anderson has served on the Pinal County Active Management Area Ground Water Users Advisory Committee for 45 years; the board of directors for the Arizona Cotton Growers Association for 35 years; the Pinal County Farm Bureau Board of Directors; the Arizona Farm Bureau Board of Directors and many more.

It’s a service to others he can’t seem to stop. “When I get on, I can’t get off,” he said, eyes glimmering.

Leadership seems to run in the Anderson family.

Anderson’s son Kelly was the first publicly elected mayor in 2004 and has himself served on many boards and committees, including a six-year appointment to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Board.

The eldest son of Anderson’s four children, Kelly Anderson attributes his civic success to his father.

“He’s always served without fanfare, under the radar, wanting no recognition – just wanting the pure joy and knowledge that things will be better,” Kelly said.

The quiet management style of the Anderson clan has lent well to their business.

Kelly is the third generation to manage the family farm.

The 600-acre operation on Farrell Road has evolved to specialty crops – producing dry flower products for big-name brands like Hobby Lobby, Pottery Barn and Michael’s.

Oliver and Hermina’s three other children – Troy, Lynn and Wendy – specialize in the arts, electronics and medical care.

It’s that kind of success of his own children and other Maricopa schoolchildren that routinely has Oliver steeped in pride, according to Kelly.

“A lot of (students) come back to Maricopa to have a career and do something. It’s a nice return on your time invested,” Kelly said.

Kelly’s wife, Torri Anderson, has served as president and board member of the Maricopa Unified School District for years.

Maricopa’s legacy is embedded in the souls of its people – who as Oliver Anderson said – consistently come together for the good of the community through flood, fire and fundraising.

“It’s the folks that came here initially and said, ‘Hey, by golly, regardless of if it’s dusty, regardless of it’s hot, regardless of if it’s a long way from town, this is my home, I want to live here,’” Oliver said.


This story appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.

by -
Photo courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society

Decades before Maricopa incorporated, the center point of the community was the school. Some of these fresh faces may still be familiar to long-time residents.

Front row: Frances Brown, Trini Sanchez, Linda Miller, Roberta Tow, Alice Fay Suiter, Edna Farrell, Rosemary Peters, Kathy Conner. Middle row: Goldie Mullins, Jean Thornhill, Norma Ruth Blackwood, Mollie Norris, Dean Green, Jimmy Matheny, Ray Hernandez, Vern Rhoton. Back row: Harry Goodman, Dorothy Reed, Gerlene Sadler, Carrol Hamon, Billy Tow, Marvin Enos, Craig Cooper, Henry Bandin, Johnny White.

by -
Building on far right was the Wander Bar where Ruth and Leland Easley worked after working on a cotton ranch. Maricopa floodwaters posed problems for the cotton workers. Photo courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society

By Patricia Brock and the Maricopa Historical Society

Bertha Anderson Easley and her husband Jay Easley came to Maricopa in 1947.

“We lived on Porter Ranch, and Jay worked for the Porter family,” Bertha said. Several members of her husband’s family were already living in Maricopa and working for E.K. Porter, who lived east of Maricopa on Porter Road. Family members included Jay’s brother Leland (wife Ruth) Easley, Richard Easley and Rufus (wife Rene Easley) Cooper working in the area.

Bertha was born in 1922 in Seamore, Texas, where she spent her childhood living in tents and following the oilrigs. Her father, Dee Anderson, worked as a driller for an oil company. However, this did not prepare her for life in a small farming community in the middle of the Arizona desert.

“We moved to Maricopa after the war when my husband came home from the service,” she said. “My first impression of Maricopa was I thought it was a hellhole. All the roads were fine dirt and gravel. The businesses in Maricopa consisted of a couple of bars, one store, a post office located in the train depot, one gas station located on one street (Maricopa Highway) and a small school.”

During cotton-picking season, the Easleys went to Oklahoma and hauled people into Maricopa to pick the cotton.

Living in a cabin and a boxcar, Bertha ran lunch wagons for cotton pickers. She served stew or beans, making trips once a week to Phoenix to get groceries. They also served dinners at night for the pickers.

“We ate meat, potatoes and vegetables, and for dessert we had cake or cookies,” she said. “We had no refrigerator, just an icebox. Nor did we have indoor toilets or showers … just outside toilets and bathtubs. I picked some cotton, but not much. I helped cook and served. We paid in cash to the pickers.

“While in Maricopa, we had flash floods that washed our roads out. We couldn’t get out unless we walked through water…which we did.  Sometimes, Mr. Porter would take us through the water on a tractor to get our groceries at Casa Grande, or we would walk to Maricopa along the railroad tracks.  We would take the kids’ wagon to bring back ice and whatever else we needed until the water went down.”

Ruth Easley, who was married to Jay’s brother Leland, said, “My family and my husband’s family were part of the ‘Dust Bowl’ migration to California in the 1930s. I met George Leland Easley in Modesto, California, and married him June 29, 1947.

Ruth and Leland moved to Maricopa in 1949 to work on the Porter cotton ranch, which was located just east of town on the way to Casa Grande.

“On weekends, the camp could get pretty rowdy,” Ruth said. “There would be gambling, drinking and fighting. My niece, Bobbie Honeycutt Stewart, reminded me of an incident where my husband suffered an injury to his hand, when he attempted to break up a fight and was cut by a knife. Just one more Saturday night on the farm.”

They later moved to a small ranch owned by Bruce Wing and Jack Wright, where Leland worked as a farmhand and ran a harvesting crew. After the birth of their second child, they moved into Maricopa and ran the Wander Bar, built by Jack Burkett, a Maricopa pioneer. That property, just north of present-day Napa Auto, later became La Roca, which has since been demolished.

“I remember there was a post office, two grocery stores; hotel and restaurant combined in Maricopa,” Ruth Easley said. “There were two bars, one service station, some Southern Pacific railroad houses along the railroad tracks. Possibly some others I’ve forgotten.”

by -
Pecan groves in Maricopa in 1990s. Photo courtesy Maricopa Historical Society

By Patricia Brock, Oliver Anderson and the Maricopa Historical Society

Maricopa lost its importance as a railroad junction when the railroad redirected a line through Picacho into the Phoenix area in the mid-1930s.

Maricopa people found the desert lands ideal for farming and began cultivating rows of green plants offering up snowy white blossoms of cotton (1940-60s) that lined the roadways and earned the Maricopa/Stanfield area the title of having the highest cotton yield average of any large area in the world. Throughout the years, farmers experimented with and grew a variety of other crops that included pecans.

More than 20 years ago, Farmers Investment Company planted over 700 acres of pecan trees in the Maricopa area. In 2005, Maricopa had a groundbreaking for Pacana Park, named in honor of the one-time pecan grove.

In the mid-1900s, John Cobb lived in Mobile. He was a hard worker in the pecan groves and took care of his money. He worked in the pecan trees on Pat Murphree’s farm when he was 92 years old. He frequently brought his savings to the post office and asked postmaster Fred Cole to store it in his safe.

John Smith experimented in the early 1970s with growing pecan trees and converted his cotton and wheat fields to mainly a pecan farm.

Have you been down Murphy Road to see the pecan trees getting a light trim? A severe tree trimming is done every few years to keep stems strong to ensure continued good harvests. “Skipper” Hall owns most of these trees and the custom maintenance has been done by the Ed Shappell family for decades.

The Murphy Road and other area pecan trees will soon leaf out and produce pecan nuts. The harvest begins after the first frost in October or November when the epicarp, the outer covering of the nut, begins to crack. The harvesting begins when equipment shakes each tree so the nuts will fall.

The nuts are gathered in rows for collection. Then leaves are removed from the nuts. The harvest is finally taken to Farmers Investment Company in Tucson.


This story appears in the April issue of InMaricopa.

Dorothy Charles in her former ranger hat. Photo by Mason Callejas

When Dorothy Shally Charles started working for the National Park Service, singing was a job requirement.

IF YOU GO
What: The History of Scotty’s Castle, Death Valley
Who: Dorothy Charles and the Maricopa Historical Society
When: April 2, 5:30 p.m.”
Where: Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road
How much: Free

“I told my boss I couldn’t sing. He said, ‘No, that’s what we do.’”

Still in college, Charles was a seasonal naturalist at Grand Canyon National Park in 1965. The naturalists told visitors what was going on, sang them campfire-style songs and then presented nature programs. Being a rookie, Charles was already petrified without suddenly learning she had to lead some songs, but she did it through the summer.

That job requirement, along with the dresses, low-heeled pumps and nylons necessary for female staff, eventually went away during Charles’ 25-year career. Besides Grand Canyon, her work took her to Badlands National Monument (which later became a national park) in South Dakota and Death Valley National Monument in California.

Her time specifically at Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley culminated in co-writing a book about the historic hacienda. April 2, she is scheduled to talk about Scotty’s Castle in a presentation to the Maricopa Historical Society.

Dorothy and her husband Kent Charles have lived in Tortosa since 2011. About a year after her introduction to the city, Dorothy Charles became an important part of the society’s archival work.

“I’d work with Dorothy on any project and know that it would be well organized and a project well worth doing,” said Joan Garrett, who has been a cohort in making sure the historical society’s assets are managed correctly for future generations.

Growing up the San Francisco Bay area, Charles credits her mother with her love of the outdoors. The family commonly did a lot of hiking and camping and spent summers with grandparents in the Sierras. When her father had his annual two weeks’ vacation from New York Life Insurance Company, he would drive up to meet them and take them camping at even higher elevations.

Dorothy Charles (second row, third from right) with Grand Canyon staff in the late 1960s. Submitted photo

Dorothy’s first job was clerical work as a teenager for New York Life. While attending Humboldt State College (later university) majoring in outdoor resources, she started working summers at Grand Canyon, despite being uncomfortable with heights.

“When nobody was around I’d hang onto the rails,” she said.

Her work involved “point duty,” during which rangers were placed at locations along the rim where visitors typically parked. They would explain what they were seeing, direct them where they needed to go, pick up trash, butts and diapers and even have some latrine duty.

Charles was giving a presentation at Grand Canyon Village in 1969 when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

“I had them bring me a radio, and the moon was coming up behind me, and we talked about this man walking up there on the moon,” she said. “I’ll always remember where I was then. It was sort of anticlimactic saying, ‘Well, now we have some nature walks you can go on.’”

In her early years at the canyon, she spent the winter months working at Death Valley National Monument. Her title was park technician.

National Geographic published a lengthy feature on Death Valley in its January 1970 issue. Dorothy can be seen in two of David Hiser’s photographs – one in her skirt and flats directing hikers in Mosaic Canyon and one bundled up and hiking through snow on Telescope Peak.

Her work in Death Valley included research and fact-checking to give visitors a true history of Scotty’s Castle. In 1973, she and maintenance leader William Bolton wrote the 40-page book “Scotty’s Castle,” published by Flying Spur Press.

The “castle,” which was under construction 1922-1931 and never quite finished, averaged 100,000 visitors a year before a devastating flood in 2015. It is not expected to reopen until 2020, so the closest most can get to understanding the unique hacienda is through books like “Scotty’s Castle.”

“We tried to not only make it fun but to tell the true story of Scotty’s Castle,” Charles said. “He had stuff brought over from Germany and Italy, Majorcan rugs throughout the castle made special for it.”

In his introduction, former Superintendent Robert J. Murphy said Dorothy “researched facts pertinent to the text or guide script; checked on paintings and other historical items in the Castle; interviewed former workers and visitors who know [Albert] Johnson and Scotty [Walter Scott], or knew of events at the Castle when they were living there. She also assisted in identifying and preparing items for shipment that were in need of restoration, as well as finding qualified specialists for the purpose of cleaning and repairing delicate Castle furnishings.”

That job description would come to sound very familiar to members of the Maricopa Historical Society 40 years later.

Dorothy’s career path changed when she met a new procurement clerk named Kent Charles in Death Valley during a “long, hot summer.” She married Kent in 1975 after she completed ranger school. She continued working with NPS part-time until they followed Kent’s career to Seattle for a year and then to Denver for 31 years.

She said her years at Scotty’s Castle peaked her interest in history. When the Charleses moved to Maricopa, she decided joining the historical society was the best way to get to know the background of the area.

At the time, Mary Lou Smith needed help putting together historical displays in the library. Dorothy Charles put her past organizational and display knowledge to use and was soon the MHS archivist, working closely with Judi Shirk and Joan Garrett, who calls Dorothy “absolutely one of the most organized people I have ever known.”

They gather, list, tag and organize items donated or acquired by the historical society.

“The listing of these items has been tedious but with the three of us working together and using Dorothy’s organized listings, it’s also been educational for us,” Garrett said. “We are pleased that the items that people have entrusted to us are now carefully listed and we know exactly where they are and all the information we have concerning each one.  She never seems to tire and, with a little banter back and forth, the hours have flown by and we’ve accomplished more and more each week.”

Charles said her past work with NPS has helped her prepare information from the historical society, research and manage the collection.

“My background has helped with adapting to the desert and adapting to the things that need to be done with the historical society, which is also newer, so we were starting at the bottom,” she said. “So, I guess I like the challenge.”


This story appears in the April issue of InMaricopa.

Death Valley. Submitted photo

SPONOSORED CONTENT

Maricopa Historical Society is hosting its seventh annual golf tournament May 5.

Come have a fun time with Maricopa Historical Society. Meet on May 5 for the seventh annual Golf Tournament at The Duke Golf Course.

Whether you are a golfer or non-golfer, we will have something for you— golf, lunch, raffle items, and silent auction. CHECK OUT THE PACKET HERE

The golfer lineup is off to a good start, as are the new youth golfer sponsorships. Young golfers have expressed an interest in participating and community members are already donating to help provide this opportunity. Heads-up, look out on the longest drive competition…some of these kids can hit!

There are several ways you can join in the fun:

Golfers will play golf, including a couple of contest holes, awards luncheon and door prizes.
·        Individuals can sign up for $125.
·        Gather a foursome for golf – $100 per person.

Not a golfer?
·        Nominate and/or sponsor a youth golfer to participate for $100 per youth
·        Join us for lunch, raffle and silent auction for $25

Hole Sponsorships are available starting at $200. See the Registration packet. Registration packets are available at website MHS50.com or call Paul Shirk at 909-260-3020.

We look forward to your support of the Maricopa Historical Society in another fun morning!

This fund-raising event will help the Maricopa Historical Society be closer to having a permanent location to tell the history of transportation, farming, and important people who have helped make Maricopa what it is today.

Photo of Pierre and Daniel Deck courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society

By Patricia Brock and the Maricopa Historical Society

 

Mobile is a small community located about 15 miles west of Maricopa on State Route 238 (Mobile Road), and north of what was the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks. It is in Maricopa County and bordered by two majestic mountain ranges – the Estrella Mountains to the east and the Maricopa Mountain Range to the west.

In the 1800s, this little settlement was named Mobile when the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks were laid across southern Arizona and a siding and section house were created to provide water for steam engines.

Today, not much remains to indicate that at one time Mobile might have developed into a thriving town. In 1988, it was the proposed site for the Superconducting Super Collider and considered by the ENSCO Hazardous Waste Facility, but neither of these projects took root. However, against the wishes of many of its residents, the Butterfield Station Waste Management Facility did locate at Mobile.

 

First Homestead

Edison Lung, a white man who first carved out a life in Mobile, homesteaded the area around 1921 and continued to live there for the rest of his life. Lung worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad pumping water for the steam engines. When the railroad transferred him to Yuma, he absolutely refused to go, quit his job and laid down stakes at Mobile catering to railroad personnel and travelers.

Records show Lung filed an application to enlarge his homestead in 1922 and received a title to that land in 1925. His homestead consisted of a frame and stucco house, a store located downstairs and a post office with sleeping quarters on the second floor. The homestead had a gas station, a cow barn, a chicken coup and a storeroom. His wife ran the post office and made a living by providing services to travelers and railroad employees.

Edison Lung raised cattle, hogs and chicken on his homestead. Around 1935, he decided to modernize the property and bought a Delco electric generator that provided the family with lighting and the use of a few appliances. Records also show he and his family motored to Maricopa to dances at the Maricopa Hotel and to other recreational events throughout the 1930s.

 

An African American Community

During the late 1920s and early ‘30s, Mobile became an African American settlement as people began to homestead the land. According to Mark Swanson (An Archaeological Investigation of the Historic Black Settlement at Mobile, Arizona), the population in the 1930s was between 100 and 150 and consisted of mainly black settlers. Most of these early settlers did not work for the railroad but came from Oklahoma or Texas by way of Phoenix.

The first of the successful African American homesteaders were Lee Elliot Williams (homestead awarded in 1933); Richard Cobb Williams (homestead awarded in 1933); Homer Abraham Williams (homestead awarded in 1933); and Willis Thomas, Hezekiah McGriff, Eli Weddington, James Manor, and the Israel Nelson families.

 

Education

The first school in Mobile contained grades 1-8 and consisted of two railroad cars placed end to end. White children went to school in one car and black children went to school in the other car. Later, the white children were transferred to a wood frame schoolhouse that was moved from Rainbow Valley (1936-37) and placed near the home of Edison Lung. It continued to educate these children up to the 1960s.

The black residents of Mobile built a small schoolhouse, Nelson Elementary School, for their children. When the community started to grow and needed a bigger school, the government built a much larger one in the same location. After eighth grade graduation, children were bused to Percy L. Julian or South Mountain High School.

 

Growing up in Mobile

In an oral history interview with the Deck brothers, Pierre and Daniel, and their lifelong friend Fezel Adams, Pierre Deck recalled what it was like growing up in Mobile: One thing about Mobile, I don’t care who you were, you were family. If you needed something, you got it. I don’t care how it came to you, you got it, you didn’t have to pay it back. It was just one big family.”

Pierre Deck said, “I watched my grandfather come from nothing to having something … to be proud of who you are. You just do the right thing and that’s how I was raised. In Mobile everybody stood out.”

Daniel Deck said, “Nobody had running water or electricity. They hauled the water. No electricity, dirt floors, no windows, a potbellied stove you stuck wood into. My grandma and grandpa, they worked pretty hard. When sand was dumped out there, snakes would just lay down and sleep. You had to walk out to the outhouse; you didn’t have a bathroom. If you encountered a snake, you would just jump it or go around. There was not an animal around that the snake would back up from! You live here and they live over there. You had to look under the covers and under the bed and everywhere. You might get out of bed and they would be sleeping right next to you.”

Today, Mobile has a population of less than 100 people who are mostly white. Besides the Butterfield Waste Management Facility, there is a private airport, Lufthansa, located to its north that is used for training pilots.


This story appears in the March issue of InMaricopa.

Arizona sheep in southwest Arizona.

Sheepherding for wool and meat has been an Arizonan occupation since the mid-1800s, and if the Native Americas are included, the date can be pushed back to the early 1600s when sheep were pilfered from the pueblos in New Mexico.

IF YOU GO
What: “Where have all the sheep gone?”
Who: Maricopa Historical Society
When: March 5, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road
How much: Free
Info: MHS50.com

Historical geographer Barbara Jaquay will visit Maricopa to talk about the history of sheep and sheepherding in the state and how it still survives today.

Her presentation is hosted by Maricopa Historical Society March 5 at 5:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library. All are invited, and the event is free.

Sheep were one of the many livestock breeds Father Kino introduced into the Pimería Alta. He taught the local southern Arizona Native Americans sheep husbandry in order that they would have a constant supply of wool and meat.

At the height of the industry there were approximately 150 sheep owners, consisting of Basque, Americans, Mexicans and Canadians men and women who came as owners and some as sheepherders who eventually became owners themselves. Today, two families still graze sheep in the traditional method of moving the animals from the desert ranges to mountain pastures every year in the cyclical rhythm of the land. This is the story of the many sheep owners.

Jaquay has traveled extensively to all seven continents and has traveled to more than 50 countries; hiking the Andes Mountains and the Bhutanese Himalayas in her understanding of the many mysteries of the people of both regions. She has written on Cuba, Costa Rica and Arizona Native Americans as well as a book on the sheep industry in Arizona, “Where Have All the Sheep Gone: Sheep Herders and Ranchers in Arizona – A Disappearing Industry.”


This story appears in the March issue of InMaricopa.

First lady Eleanor Roosevelt visiting the Japanese Internment Camp on Gila River land near Maricopa.

 

Winston Churchill once said, “history is written by the victors,” alluding to a reality in which often only self-serving histories are memorialized. Despite criticisms over the implications of such a statement, Churchill believed the subjective nature of history tends to bend in favor of a conflict’s winner, sometimes excluding controversy and atrocity.

IF YOU GO
What: Gila River Japanese Internment Camp presentation
When: Feb. 5, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road
Who: Maricopa Historical Society
How Much: Free

One such American story is that of World War II Japanese and German internment camps.

To aid in telling the controversial tale of these camps, one of which happened to be in Maricopa’s backyard, the Maricopa Historical Society is hosting a speaker Monday who will shed light on what many consider to be a dark time in American history.

“[The presentation] focuses on this challenging period in our history when, due to fear and other issues, we lost our way a bit and incarcerated people, two-thirds of which were American citizens, because they looked like the enemy,” said Jody Crago, director of the Chandler Museum.

The political and social atmosphere that spawn this fear of invasion and defeat, Crago said, is relative to today and deserves revisiting.

“If your livelihood or your community seems like it’s being supplanted by some other group, it’s natural to be afraid of what the future holds,” Crago said.  

But in this instance, he said, that fear, whether warranted or not, became so great the government began to extensively deprive citizens of their rights.

The question being, Crago said, “is this important to think about today?”  

Crago’s presentation will also have a secondary component.

He hopes to highlight some of the new improvements at the Chandler Museum including a new “expanded” museum near the Chandler Fashion Center, which, he said, will include exhibits on Japanese internment camps in Arizona.

He also said, soon after the museum is open it will feature an exhibit on Chandler boxing legend Zora Folley, who once challenged Muhammed Ali for the heavyweight title but was defeated.

Crago has more than 25 years working in small museums focusing on community interaction. He co-created ChandlerpediA and is co-founder of the East Valley Cultural Heritage Coalition in Phoenix. He serves on the American Association for State and Local History National Leadership Awards Committee and was president of the Museum Association of Arizona.

His presentation on the Gila River internment camp will be held at the Maricopa Public Library, Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Pinal County Supervisor and former Maricopa Mayor Anthony Smith (left) presents a Bill of Sale for the Zephyr railcar to Maricopa Historical Society president Paul Shirk (right) at a ceremony Saturday, July 15. The official cost of the icon was a modest $1. Photo by Mason Callejas

A Maricopa icon officially became part of the Maricopa Historical Society’s inventory Saturday. 

The famed Zephyr railcar was added to the Maricopa Historical Society’s list of assets at a breakfast ceremony July 15 where Pinal County officials handed over the key and an official bill of sale for the $1 purchase

Pinal County Supervisor and former Maricopa Mayor Anthony Smith presented historical society president Paul Shirk with the documentation to make the transaction official. 

The historical society took control of the icon, which holds a storied service history, even finding mild fame in retirement when it appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster Pearl Harbor.

The historical society is now in the process of determining the fate of the Zephyr

Maricopa Historical Society members hope it will become a museum, showcasing Maricopa’s history. However, a new home must be chosen before any serious renovation can occur. 

The Zephyr’s current location will be affected by the SR 347 overpass project, which is scheduled to commence this fall. 

Shirk said the historical society is working hand-in-hand with the City to find an appropriate location. 

The Maricopa Historical Society meets at the Maricopa Public Library the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

CAD instructor Patrick Ramirez (left) shows the scanning program to Maricopa Historical Society's Paul Shirk and Dorothy Charles. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The California Zephyr railcar received a serious scanning Friday.

Maricopan Patrick Ramirez, a journeyman plumber and a computer-aided design (CAD) and laser-scanning instructor with UA Local 469, brought fellow instructors and high-tech equipment to the historic car next to the Amtrak station to give it a three-dimensional scan.

Using Faro software and equipment – a portable laser scanner and a laser scanner on a tripod – Ramirez, Dustin Baker and Michael Trask took several minutes to record the Zephyr 360 degrees, inside and out, from the dome to the wheels. That work will create a 3D model like those they create of buildings for plumbing and other utilities.

So, why the Zephyr?

“I’ve always been interested in it,” said Ramirez, who has lived in The Lakes at Rancho El Dorado for three years. “I love trains. Every time I drive by this thing, I’d love to go inside.”

Ramirez brought his idea to Paul Shirk, president of the Maricopa Historical Society, which recently acquired the railcar from Pinal County. The Society is mulling relocating the car once the land lease runs out, and the 3D modeling could be helpful in a move and setup.

Shirk said Ramirez is a “founding member” of what is becoming the Zephyr Guild, imagined as a collection of local skilled workers willing to donate their talents and knowledge to improve the railcar and fit it for historical displays.

Ramirez wants to use it as a teaching tool for the apprenticeship program at the Pipe Trades Training Center. He said the scanning process “allows the student to get hands-on, real-life data.”

“If it takes something that we just looked at, and we walk around and we talk about it and propose different ways of gathering information about this and what’s around it, that’s a talking point. I don’t like talking points,” he said. “I like showing points. I like things that convey information.

“So, when I talk about this, I’m over here on the computer and bringing up the file and I’m telling the students you can walk around and get information. And sometimes it’s six months later that you need this little bit of information, and you can drive four hours or you can pull up the file on your computer.”

In pipe trades, Ramirez said, the accuracy level of laser scans must be between an eighth-inch and a half-inch.

Shirk said the equipment is enhancing the typical blue-color trades of plumbing and steamfitting to make them high-tech careers. He said the laser-scanning instructors would like to bring students to Maricopa to see the Zephyr and compare the 3D renderings.

 

The California Zephyr being lifted into place in Maricopa in 2001. Photo courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society

The Maricopa Historical Society is seeking public input to help determine the fate of one of their recently acquired icons – the California Zephyr railcar.

At their meeting on June 5 the historical society presented a history of the Zephyr, following it from its birth in 1949 through its service on the Burlington Northern route from Chicago to Los Angeles, its retirement in 1970, its temporary homes in Texas and Los Angeles, its short acting carrier in films such as “Pearl Harbor” and ultimately its arrival in Maricopa in 2001.

After the detailed presentation, however, discussion turned toward the icon’s future.

“Do we consider restoration, or do we go the museum route,” Maricopa Historical Society President Paul Shirk posited to the group.

Most in attendance agreed that a museum was the best option, though some suggested that a partial restoration of the railcars upper deck would be nice to give visitors a glimpse into the Zephyr’s glory days.

There are many steps to take before the Zephyr can become an operational museum, the most important of which will be the installation of air conditioning.

Other items on the to-do list include updates to the interior and exterior of the car, all of which the historical society hopes will be facilitated by the formation of a “Zephyr Guild” comprised of craftsmen, artisans and technicians who will help maintain the site.

A permanent home for the Zephyr was also discussed. Though mostly unaffected by the eventual construction of the State Route 347 overpass, its current location near the Amtrak station is questioned by some who doubt if it’s the appropriate location.

At this point, however, no alternative location has been proposed.

The historical society recently took ownership of the railcar after purchasing it from Pinal County for $1. For the past few years, the society was allowed access to host tours and open houses in the railcar.

by -
Photo courtesy Maricopa Historical Society

City of Maricopa Fire/Medical Deputy Fire Marshal (and former Maricopa Fire Department chief) Eddie Rodriguez shows off the department’s 1940s Ford/Howe pumper truck. The then-volunteer fire department was started in 1959 by Don Pearce and others, and the pumper was its first fire truck. It served for nearly 30 years before being retired in 2005. It has since been put into working order for special events.


This item appears in the May issue of InMaricopa.

by -
Courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society

The last of three massive water towers that marked the Maricopa area on the railroad tracks in the 1880s, the 60-foot water tower has become an architectural symbol of the town. One of its early brothers was apparently in old Maricopaville two miles west of the current city. Its better-remembered twin collapsed during a 1973 storm. No one knows when the surviving tower was constructed, but it existed when the first train left Maricopa in 1887. It held 50,000 gallons of water, and is now empty. These days, it is one of the most photographed sites in Maricopa.


This item appears in the April issue of InMaricopa.

Photo by Jack Jackson

Maricopa photographer Jack Jackson took photos by drone for the Maricopa Historical Society to capture the appearance of the city around the State Route 347/Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway intersection before construction of the overpass. The photos include a topside view of the iconic water tower. The photos will be considered “historical” within a couple of years as the overpass transforms the appearance of that part of the city, and the Society wanted a photographic catalogue of the area. MHS President Paul Shirk presented the photos at an April 3 meeting of the Society at Maricopa Public Library. Arizona Department of Transportation will present an informational update about the project on Wednesday.

The Buffalo Soldiers of Arizona told fascinating stories of the 9th and 10th Cavalry from the Plains Wars to World War II. Photo by Mason Callejas

Maricopa Historical Society hosted its annual symposium “A Morning of History” Saturday at City Hall, with diverse presentation from Ak-Chin Indian Community, the Buffalo Soldiers of Arizona and State Historian Marshall Trimble, who also provided some ballads of the West (see below).

Marshall Trimble, Arizona's official state historian, will be one of the speaker's at Saturday's Morning of History at Maricopa City Hall. Submitted photo by Brendan Moore

During one of Marshall Trimble’s visits to Tombstone, a family came over to him and said, “The next gunfight isn’t for 45 minutes. What do people do in Tombstone when they’re not having gunfights?”

If You Go
What: A Morning of History
When: March 11, 9 a.m.-noon
Who: Maricopa Historical Society features Elaine F. Peters, director of Ak-Chin Indian Community’s Him-Dak EcoMuseum, Chaz Jackson, president of the Buffalo Soldiers of American Arizona Chapter, and Marshall Trimble, Arizona state historian
Where: Maricopa City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza
How Much: Free
Info: MHS50.com, Contact@MHS50.com

That struck Trimble’s considerable funny bone.

It has inspired a comic riff on what people really did in Tombstone when they weren’t in a shootout and what visitors can do today. He uses facts and music and some tall tales as the moment strikes him during a performance.

Trimble is Arizona’s first, and so far only, official state historian.

Often called Arizona’s Will Rogers, he has performed around the state for decades. For the first time he is bringing his knowledge and humor to Maricopa.

Trimble is the keynote speaker at “A Morning of History,” presented by the Maricopa Historical Society, on March 11. The event is 9 a.m.-noon at Maricopa City Hall.

The morning will also include presentations by Elaine F. Peters, the director of the Ak-Chin Indian Community’s Him Dak EcoMuseum & Archives, and Chaz Jackson, president of the Buffalo Soldiers of American Arizona Chapter.

Trimble, 77, taught history at the high school level and then at Scottsdale Community College for 47 years. Though he retired in 2014, he is still in his SCC office most days, usually prepping for his next gig. Retirement did not mean he stopped doing what he loved: Sharing Arizona’s history.

Trimble calls the state “a land of anomalies and tamales.” The first white man in Arizona was a black man. And the Lost Dutchman was German, and he wasn’t lost.

When it comes to the Maricopa area, he said he has always been fascinated by the Butterfield overland stage trail.

“Old Maricopa was a very important place on that trail,” Trimble said. “It was a long, dry spell to get to Gila Bend.”

But don’t expect him to deliver a detailed lecture on Maricopa’s history.

“The only thing I’m leery of is going into somebody else’s neighborhood and trying to tell their story,” he said.

He has a wagon-load of trivia to share involving Grand Falls, the movie Oklahoma and “zany gunfights” and a lot of real-life characters. Though born in Mesa, he grew up in Ash Fork, a small town and frequent target of his humor.

“I like to entertain, to give them something to learn,” he said. “I started teaching at 21. I love to teach and I love to hear people say, ‘I didn’t know that.’”

Trimble is as anomalous as the state he calls home. His path to teaching history was as winding as a diamondback in a whirlpool.

Though he enrolled in Phoenix College, he played semi-pro baseball. Then he dropped out to join the U.S. Marines. He taught himself to play guitar and entertained his military buddies with Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash songs.

He went back to school, earning his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in 1961. He coached some high school baseball. He took up with a local folk music group called the Gin Mill Three, traveling the country to keep entertaining.

He did some cowboying in Montana, where he picked up on a lot of details of western history he had never heard before.

“I said, ‘This stuff is fascinating. Why didn’t they teach this in school?’ Then I found out all our textbooks were written in New York or Boston or Philadelphia, places I’d never been to and probably would never go to.”

When he returned to Arizona and started teaching at Coronado High School, he wanted to bring the history of the West to life. That was no easy task in high school, especially during the Vietnam War.

“They needed something to relate to, to be entertained by. They weren’t exactly pro-American, and I’m a former Marine,” he said. “Not everything’s right, but we got a pretty great country here. I’d be afraid if I believed in reincarnation, I might come back born in Afghanistan or something.”

To show them how folk music can tell a country’s history, he brought in his guitar and sang some Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan songs. “So I had the hippies and I had the cowboys,” he said.

In 1972, Trimble created a course on western history for Scottsdale Community College, and 300 students signed up. “I never taught anything else again,” he said.

He wrote his first book, “Arizona: A Panoramic History of a Frontier State,” in 1977. During book-signing tours, he played his guitar and sang. That developed into an act. He has written 15 more books, and the act keeps going as long as people like their Arizona history delivered with a humorous twist.

Gov. Fife Symington appointed him official state historian in 1997.

“It was my duty to go wherever I was needed and tell the history of Arizona in my own way,” he said. “I’ve spent 20 years working without pay, but as a teacher I’m used to that sort of thing.”


This story appears in the March issue of InMaricopa.

Santa and Mrs. Claus chat with kids at the tree lighting. Photo by Mason Callejas

Mayor Christian Price lighted the Christmas tree at City Hall Dec. 6 as Santa and Mrs. Claus mingled with children, a choir from Sequoia Pathway Academy performed, Maricopa Arts Council unveiled a new gallery and Maricopa Historical Society unveiled its new permanent display.

by -
Courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society

A 1998 aerial photo of the Maricopa High School campus, looking northeast. At the bottom of the photo is the junction of Honeycutt Avenue with Taft Avenue. Can you name the school buildings? Note John Smith’s pecan groves north of the tracks.


This photo appears in the December issue of InMaricopa.

by -

How people entered Maricopa from the south in 1913. Note the different fencing styles along the road. (Photo from Pratt family courtesy Maricopa Historical Society)


This photo appears in the November issue of InMaricopa.

by -
Photos courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society

The changing skyline of Maricopa is evident in historic and modern photos of the same stretch of railroad tracks. In 1911, the depot was much closer to the water tower than today’s Amtrak station. Also note the hotel immediately south of the tracks. This is a section of the city’s skyline that will look very different in the near future with the planned overpass.


This appears in the October issue of InMaricopa.

by -
North of the tracks, 1950s Maricopa. Photo courtesy Maricopa Historical Society

At the intersection of Maricopa Road and the future Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway in the 1950s was the business district north of the tracks. At left are the Texaco Station, Woods Apartments and Headquarters. At right are Valley Auto (now Napa Auto), Jessie Estep’s Diner, Black Diamond Bar and Maricopa Mercantile. In 1956, Maricopa Road was paved between Maricopa and Phoenix. In 1995, Maricopa Road (State Route 347) was restructured to a divided road. Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway was completed in 1956 and paved in 1959.


This photo appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.

MAC Farm Village

There is a lot going on at the farm this week, with three chances to see what’s up at the USDA/UofA facilities in Maricopa. There is also a great opportunity to learn railroad history and visit the Zephyr train car, and the annual Seeds of Change Gala is the big fund-raiser for Against Abuse, Inc. See details on these events and more, or post your own, at InMaricopa.com/Calendar.

SUNDAY

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce Office, 44480 W. Honeycutt Road, #106.

MONDAY

Age-Friendly Maricopa Advisory Committee will meet at 4 p.m. at Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship, 20800 N. John Wayne Pkwy, Ste. 108, with a weighty agenda that includes the General Plan and transit system.

Maricopa Planning & Zoning will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall to hear about applicable portions of the draft General Plan and hear public input.

The Heart of It All is at 7 p.m. at Central Arizona College – Maricopa, 17945 N. Regent Drive, Community Room A-101. Nancy Elliott presents a fun and entertaining program flowing with carefully selected songs, stories and poems about everyday lives.

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

TUESDAY

Desert Ag-Ventures MAC Farm Tour 2016 continues at the University of Arizona’s Maricopa Agricultural Center, 37860 W. Smith-Enke Road, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with lunch included.

Coffee with Friends of the Maricopa Library starts at 1:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

The Streets Don’t Love You Back Fund-Raiser is the spotlight at Firehouse Subs, 21083 N. John Wayne Pkwy., Ste C101,  from 4 to 8 p.m. as 15 percent of the proceeds will benefit the organization.

Youth Council Meeting is at 6 p.m. is at Copper Sky Multigenerational Complex in Multipurpose Room A. They will talk about plans for the Youth Town Hall and other projects.

Open Space & Trails Meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Legacy Montessori School, 45290 W. Garvey Ave., where members will receive an update on Palo Verde Regional Park.

WEDNESDAY

Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board meets at 6:30 p.m. The agenda includes a discussion of issuing refunding bonds for an estimated savings of $2 million.

THURSDAY

Desert Ag-Ventures MAC Farm Tour 2016 continues at the University of Arizona’s Maricopa Agricultural Center, 37860 W. Smith-Enke Road, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with lunch included.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People is the program being presented at Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch included.

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at Ak-Chin Social Services, 48227 W. Farrell Road.

SATURDAY
Zephyr2
Maricopa Historical Society Seminar & Zephyr Tour is in two parts, start with information about railroad history in a seminar at City Hall in the morning and ending with tours of the Zephyr train car in the afternoon.

Farm Science Day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the USDA Agricultural Research Center, 21881 N. Cardon Lane, hosting an array of fun activities for the whole family, from face-painting to real science.

Against Abuse Seeds of Change Gala is from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Elements Event Center, 16000 N. Maricopa Road. Funds raised at this formal “Pearls & Pinstripes” event benefit the local domestic violence shelter.

Maricopa Historical Society board members (from left) Paul Shirk, Dorothy Charles, Brenda Campbell, Denny Hoeh and Joan Garrett show off the California Zephyr car, which will be on public display Feb. 27.

For those who have never had the chance to look inside the California Zephyr train car, the next opportunity is Feb. 27.

The Maricopa Historical Society hosts its annual seminar in two parts that day. Part 1 is from 9 a.m. to noon at City Hall. Speakers will present “Maricopa: A City on the Move,” with information about the influence of railroads in the city.

The open house at the Zephyr will be from 1 to 4 p.m.

Paul Shirk, president of the MHS, said the Zephyr is interesting to rail history buffs because it is so uncommon today.

“There were two [in Arizona] that were scrapped,” he said. “There is one in northern California that is operating, and the San Diego Railroad Club just bought one that they’re going to redo. They shipped it from Alaska. They went that far to find one. So it’s a real rare piece.”

The Zephyr, which sits on a short strip of track next to the Amtrak station in Maricopa, is owned by Pinal County. It was used in the filming of the movie Pearl Harbor before it was transported to Maricopa.

Shirk will be one of the speakers at the city hall seminar. Scheduled presenters are Alice Duckworth, collections manager at the Arizona State Library, a representative from the Saguaro Central Railroad Preservation Society, and MHS Vice President Denny Hoeh, who will talk about the local history of trains.

“Maricopa has had four names and three locations, and it all had to do with the railroad,” Hoeh said.

Shirk said the seminar will also offer articles and books addressing the impact of the railroad on Arizona.

“An awful lot of historians say one of the factors that really brought the territorial capital to Phoenix was that Phoenix was connected to Maricopa, which was part of the transcontinental railroad,” Hoeh said. “At that time, when Prescott wanted to send something by rail to Tucson, they had to send to L.A., put it on another train and then have it end up in Tucson.”

Shirk said the seminar is not just about the past. Explaining the development of the railroad is also explaining Maricopa’s future relationship with Phoenix. The impact of the railroad on the city was the impetus for millions of dollars being committed to Maricopa for an overpass.

“The Historical Society is trying to help people get a sense of history or legacy within the town,” Hoeh said. “To give people a better feel for the community, and that it’s not just a transitional place where you can move until you find a different place to move to.”

The railroad was an important part of the Maricopa Historical Society from its founding. The MHS is an off-shoot of the Friends of the Maricopa Public Library. One of its first events in 2011 was opening the Zephyr rail car to the public, according to Treasurer Brenda Campbell. It is opened twice a year.

Though not a self-described history buff, Campbell came to the MHS through the Friends and was quickly fascinated by historian Pat Brock’s book “Reflections of a Desert Town.”

“That book not only talked about the history, the three locations and the four names, but it talked about the early days of Maricopa and the people who made it and the organizations,” said Campbell, who came on board to help with organizational paperwork like writing bylaws.

Dorothy Charles, also on the board of directors, loves history and research and joined the society when it was a year old. She documents items donated to the MHS and acquiring and protecting more historical items. “It was very exciting to be in on the ground floor, but a lot more work than I was realizing at the time,” she said.

Fellow director Joan Garrett came to Maricopa six years ago from a town steeped in history in Michigan and also was recruited by Brock to join the society.

“I said, ‘I don’t know anything about the history of Maricopa,’” Garrett said. “And she said, ‘What better way to do it?’”

“We keep learning stuff all the time,” Shirk said. “It’s a living history lesson for me.”

Historical Society board members on board the Zephyr, which will be open to the public Feb. 27. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
Historical Society board members on board the Zephyr, which will be open to the public Feb. 27. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

If You Go
What: Maricopa: A City on the Move
Who: Maricopa Historical Society
Day: Feb. 27
Time/Location:    9 a.m.-noon at Maricopa City Hall
1-4 p.m. at Zephyr car next to Amtrak Station
How Much: Free
Info: MHS50.com

This story appeared in the February issue of InMaricopa News.

The Maricopa Historical Society announced the Nov. 14 historic tour of Maricopa’s California Zephyr from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Amtrak station.

There will be a short presentation and dedication at 10 a.m. prior to a ribbon cutting opening the Zephyr car to the public.

In September, Boy Scout  Austin Long organized a thorough cleaning of the car as part of his Eagle Scout project. The cleaning included floors, paneling and windows on the inside.  A week later the group returned to polish the outside of the car.

Over 20 individuals, including local scouts, helped in the effort to maintain one of Maricopa’s most iconic sites.

The California Zephyr’s Silver Horizon dome car is located at the corner of State Route 347 and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.

The Silver Horizon was part of the famous California Zephyr domes and streamliners that charmed the American people for more than 20 years. The dome car was built for the California Zephyr passenger line, which operated from 1949 until 1970.

Before moving to Maricopa the car was used in a scene from the movie Pearl Harbor starring Ben Affleck,  which was released in 2001.

The car was moved to Maricopa in 2000 and used as a ticket office for the Amtrak station.  The ticket office was later moved to a larger space, but the Zephyr has remained as the landmark for Maricopa station.

Visitors can tour the lower coach and upper observation deck, as well as a display of artifacts from Maricopa’s rich history.

Featured at the event will be photographs from the City of Maricopa’s 2015 Shutter Shot contest, which shows 24 hours of snapshots of Maricopa on the day of the 12th anniversary of the city’s incorporation.

Maricopa Historical Society 2016 calendars and “Images of America: Maricopa” will be on sale.

The Maricopa Historical Society is dedicated to informing and inspiring all people to make history a part of their lives by presenting exhibits, programs and publications that bring  history alive; collecting materials that tell the story of the Maricopa area and its people; educating  people of all ages; and creating a sense of identity and community.

For more information, email contact@mhs50.com.

The Maricopa Historical Society will host its Historic Golf Tournament at the Duke on Halloween morning.

Are you ready to play spook-tacular golf? The Maricopa Historical Society will host the fifth annual Historic Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 31, starting at 8 a.m.

The event at the Duke Golf Course at Rancho El Dorado includes an 18-hole scramble with lunch, a silent auction and a raffle to support the Maricopa Historical Society’s collection of artifacts and historical items.

Everyone is invited to “join us on Hallows morn to play a round for Maricopa’s history.” The society is excited to host this event for the fifth year and in celebration of Maricopa’s founding and its rich cultural history.

Last Year’s event was a huge success, with many golfers returning for another chance to earn bragging rights as well as in support of the organization and its commitment to Maricopa’s heritage.

The MHS continues to raise funds for a permanent home for its vast collection of historical items, which includes artifacts from all eras of Maricopa’s history – Native American, Spanish and American.

“Someday we hope to have a museum to keep history alive by showcasing artifacts reflecting our rich history and telling the story of our great city,” society President Brent Murphree said. “We still have a long road to reach our goal, and so our fund-raising efforts continue.”

Tournament play is $125 per golfer or $400 for a foursome. For those who simply would like to enjoy lunch beginning at 12:30 p.m., the ticket price is $25. In addition, sponsorship opportunities are available.

For ticket information, visit mhs50.com to download a golf packet and purchase tickets online or call Brenda Campbell at 520-705-0890.

The Maricopa Historical Society is a nonprofit organization. The group meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library.