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Third Thursday Food for Thought Dinner Presentation – “People and Politics behind the Construction of the Catalina Highway to Mount Lemmon”

November 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Example of prisoners’ workmanship at a drainage feature on the Catalina Highway (Coronado National Forest photo).

On November 19, 2020, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday Food for Thought” free Zoom online presentation will feature “People and Politics behind the Construction of the Catalina Highway to Mount Lemmon.” This presentation will be given by archaeologist Bill Gillespie from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m..

In October 1948 the Tucson Chamber of Commerce sponsored a ceremony to dedicate the nearly complete Hitchcock Highway, named to commemorate Frank H. Hitchcock, the man whose astute lobbying efforts made the construction of the new highway a reality.  After 15 years of intensive work by men from Federal Prison Camp No. 10, the 25-mile long highway was nearly completed.  As many years as the project took, spanning much of the Great Depression and World War II, it was preceded by decades of earlier, unsuccessful efforts to build a road to connect Tucson with the cool high elevations of Mount Lemmon.  At various times citizen groups, county supervisors, the U.S. Forest Service, and federal and state highway agencies strove to find ways to get the road built before 1933 when Hitchcock succeeded in negotiating a successful solution. Guest speaker Bill Gillespie did archaeological fieldwork at Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, and in Jordan before moving to southern Arizona in the mid-1980s to work as an archaeologist for the Coronado National Forest for 25 years.

To register for the program go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bSfb3okVQRe8T6-zgx2s9A.
For more information contact Old Pueblo at info@oldpueblo.org or 520-798-1201.

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November 19, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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