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“Travelin’ West: The Lure of Arizona’s Territory” (exhibit)

<p>\n<hr />\n</p>\n<p>Detail, brochure for <em>Desert Willow Ranch, Tucson, AZ</em>, undated</p>\n<p>From the <em>Southwestern & Miscellaneous Collection--Dude Ranches, Arizona</em></p>
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Detail, brochure for Desert Willow Ranch, Tucson, AZ, undated

From the Southwestern & Miscellaneous Collection--Dude Ranches, Arizona

Dates: October 21, 2011 - December 31, 2011

Location:   Main Library

Contact: Bob Diaz


“Travelin’ West: The Lure of Arizona’s Territory,” a new exhibit on display from October 24 – December 30, 2011 at the UA Main Library, recounts the development of Arizona’s tourist economy beginning in Territorial days leading up to 1912 statehood and continuing through today.

For thousands of years people have been drawn to Arizona for its rich mineral resources, natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, good soil, and hospitable winter climate. More recently, adventurous travelers have flocked to Arizona to experience its Old West past as well as its centuries of Native American history.

Today, tourism is one of Arizona’s top industries. “Travelin’ West: The Lure of Arizona’ Territory” recreates the development of the state’s tourist economy through a selection of items including travel brochures, early transportation photographs, maps, personal accounts, and dude ranch advertising. All items on display were selected from Special Collections’ expansive materials of Arizona and borderlands of the Southwest.