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Once known as the qDude Ranch Capital of the World, q Wickenburg, Arizona, has had many lives since its founding during the Civil War years. When German immigrant Henry Wickenburg discovered the Vulture Gold Mine in the fall of 1863 and put down roots as a miner and farmer, he also set down the beginnings of the city that would be named in his honor. Early residents and visitors included miners, ranchers, gunslingers, newspaper editors, and saloon keepers. Families made their way to town in the early 20th century and opened businesses, established churches and a library, and sent their children to local schools. In the 1930s, dude ranches blossomed in and around the city limits and tourists were enchanted by the real Wild West ambience. As the century progressed, people remained in town for generations, while newcomers regularly moved in to enjoy Wickenburg's desert setting and modern amenities.I am grateful to Dr. ]ames Burns, Mary Ann Igna, Michelle Duncan-Gilbert, and the staff and volunteers of the Desert ... I learned more history on our desert dune buggy rides, and I will always cherish the barbed wire scar I received on oneanbsp;...

Author:Lynn Downey
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2012-01


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