The Town on the Hassayampa: A History of Wickenburg, Arizona

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Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 1997 - History - 157 pages
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First settled in 1863, the same year the Territory of Arizona was established, Wickenburg is one of the oldest towns in Arizona north of the Gila River. Established following the discovery of the nearby Vulture Mine, it began as a small but thriving Anglo-Hispanic community of farmers, miners, and business owners living on the banks of the Hassayampa River. By the mid-1870's, less than a decade after the Vulture's discovery, the mine was closed and the town nearly abandoned. Wickenburg could have joined the ever-growing ranks of western mining ghost towns, but its residents cultivated new industries—first ranching, then tourism—that allowed the community to prosper and find new life as a guest-ranching center the "Dude Ranch Capital of the World." Now it is one of the Southwest's more exclusive retirement and tourist destinations. The Town on the Hassayampa surveys the entire sweep of Wickenburg's history in a compact and readable narrative, tracing the rise and fall of the Vulture Mine, conflict between the Yavapai Indians and Anglo and Mexican newcomers, and the growth of the town's history and of the shifting relationships between Wickenburg's Anglo and Mexican American residents. "A fascinating study of small-town Arizona. This is a book readers will enjoy."—Robert A. Trennert, Arizona State University

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The Vulture Mine and the Founding of Wickenburg
The Ups and Downs of a Gold Mining Town
A Mining Community Searches for a New Identity

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About the author (1997)

Mark Pry is a historian living in Tempe, Arizona. He does consulting work in historic societies, and other institutions. He holds a doctorate in history from Arizona State University.

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