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Dan Fellner’s “Exotic Cold-Weather Travel Destinations” – Wickenburg

Desert Caballeros Western Museum 21 N. Frontier Street, Wickenburg, AZ, United States

Ready for a break from the heat? Join Dan Fellner - Travel Writer for a virtual journey to four chilly and off-the beaten-path travel destinations. We'll travel to Greenland, Spitsbergen, Iceland, and the Yukon Territory. Fellner has written about and photographed all four destinations for The Arizona Republic's "Travel & Explore" section. This program is free to... Read More

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Sheep Ranchers and Herders of Arizona – Wickenburg

Desert Caballeros Western Museum 21 N. Frontier Street, Wickenburg, AZ, United States

An early viable economic activity of the 1800s in Arizona has been mostly forgotten. Basque, Canadians, Danes among others arrived in the mid to late 1800s to graze sheep on thousands of acres practicing transhumance. Many of these men worked for other established ranchers until ultimately they gained a herd of their own. In the... Read More

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Ancient Landscapes of the American Southwest – Wickenburg

Desert Caballeros Western Museum 21 N. Frontier Street, Wickenburg, AZ, United States

The American Southwest is world-renown for its colorful and spectacular landscapes like Grand Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, the Superstition Mountains, and the Sonoran Desert. But how did these wonders come to exist and what can ordinary rocks tell us about their ancient origins? You’ll be amazed to learn that the Southwest was once the site... Read More

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Honky Tonks, Brothels and Mining Camps: Entertainment in Old Arizona – Wickenburg

Desert Caballeros Western Museum 21 N. Frontier Street, Wickenburg, AZ, United States

In pioneer Arizona, among the best places to experience the performing arts were in the mining towns. Striking it rich meant having disposable income and miners, like the well-heeled of the Gilded Age, wanted to demonstrate their sophistication with culture. From the early popular music of ragtime and minstrelsy during the forming of these communities... Read More

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Arizona Kicks on Route 66

Desert Caballeros Western Museum 21 N. Frontier Street, Wickenburg, AZ, United States

U.S. Route 66, known as the “Mother Road,” was built in 1926. It ran from Chicago to L. A. During the depression of the 1930s, it became the major path by which people migrated west, seeking work, warm weather and new opportunities. Shore shares the history of Route 66 in Arizona, including the impact it... Read More

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In the Footsteps of Martha Summerhayes

Desert Caballeros Western Museum 21 N. Frontier Street, Wickenburg, AZ, United States

Martha Summerhayes was a refined New England woman who entered the Arizona Territory in 1874 as the young bride of an Army Lieutenant. Traveling in horrific conditions and dreadful heat, she soon despised the wild and untamed land. She gave birth to the first anglo child born at Fort Apache where the native women took... Read More

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Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona

Desert Caballeros Western Museum 21 N. Frontier Street, Wickenburg, AZ, United States

John Wayne was born in Iowa and lived for most of his adult life in California. Yet, he spent many years exploring, living, and investing in Arizona, where he produced his own films, raised cattle, operated a game ranch, and was seemingly everywhere at once. Wayne remains an iconic presence in American popular culture. In... Read More

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Pauline Weaver and the Mountain Men of Arizona

Desert Caballeros Western Museum 21 N. Frontier Street, Wickenburg, AZ, United States

This presentation explains who the mountain men were, how they lived, and why they were in Arizona. Using a colorful presentation, Weber, clad in buckskins, focuses on the life and times of Pauline Weaver, Prescott, Arizona's first white citizen, and other famous mountain men who made their way through this territory. Using photos, maps and... Read More

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The Vulture Gold Mine

Desert Caballeros Western Museum 21 N. Frontier Street, Wickenburg, AZ, United States

Discovered in 1863 by Henry Wickenburg, the Vulture Gold Mine was the first big gold mine in Arizona.  The mine and its colorful cast of characters, along with the town of Wickenburg, were instrumental in stimulating considerable growth and development in Central Arizona. This presentation will share the multi-layered story of the gold mine, thus... Read More

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Sedona Through Time

Desert Caballeros Western Museum 21 N. Frontier Street, Wickenburg, AZ, United States

Sedona is known for its colorful rocks, but how did this striking landscape come to be? Join Ranney on a thrilling trip back in time when the red rocks were part of a coastal plain, a Sahara-like desert, and warm, tropical seas. Learn how the area became sculpted into a maze of breathtaking buttes, spires,... Read More

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