In the 1870s a refined New England woman traveled with her lieutenant husband to the untamed Arizona Territory. Traveling in terrible conditions and initially horrified by the desert landscape, she eventually gave birth to the first Anglo child born at Fort Apache. Ultimately, Ms. Summerhayes came to love the starry nights, the clear air and the relative simplicity of life in Arizona. In fact, she wrote what is now a classic in Southwest literature, Vanished Arizona. Join Ranney as he recounts this tale of hard-won love and reveals his personal connection to Martha Summerhayes!
Wayne Ranney is a world-renowned geologist and public speaker who travels the globe bringing the stories of Earth’s landscapes to life. He has lectured on all seven of the Earth’s continents and is the author of eight books, including Carving Grand Canyon, Sedona Through Time, and Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau. Ranney seeks to inspire and educate the public about Earth’s geologic history and its fascinating evolution.