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Casa Grande Public Library

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449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
(520) 421-8710 http://www.casagrandeaz.gov/rec/library/

February 2022

Dams, Mines, and Hotels: Media and Misinformation Affecting the Grand Canyon with Matthew Goodwin

February 4 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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In 1961 a newspaper article discussed a proposal to build an 18-story, 600-room hotel inside the Grand Canyon descending from the south rim to the canyon floor. A letter-writing campaign ensued that succeeded in blocking the hotel. But lawmakers instead passed a bill that allowed the company to mine uranium there—they never had any intention of building the hotel. In 1967 a newspaper ad asked, “Should we also flood the Sistine chapel, so tourists can get nearer the ceiling?” This…

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March 2022

Desert Rats, River Runners, and Canyon Crawlers: Four Arizona Explorers with Gregory McNamee

March 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Casa Grande Public Library, 449 N. Dry Lake St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122 United States
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Francisco Garcés, a Franciscan friar, arrived in what is now Arizona in 1768. Assigned to the church at San Xavier del Bac south of present-day Tucson, he traveled widely throughout Arizona and California, charting overland routes that later travelers would follow. Near where Garcés would meet his death in 1781, an American soldier named Joseph Christmas Ives embarked on an arduous expedition up the Colorado River, one of the first Americans to see what he called the Big Canyon. A…

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