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Salon & Saloon Lecture: Quirky Episodes of Death & Danger in the Santa Cruz Valley

March 18, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Salon & Saloon Lecture:
Quirky Episodes of Death & Danger in the Santa Cruz Valley
Saturday, March 18, 2 pm

Presented at the Fort Lowell 150th Anniversary Celebration
2900 N. Craycroft Rd., Tucson, AZ
Free. Donations appreciated

As part of Fort Lowell’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, Rick Collins with the National Park Service will discuss strange occurrences that have taken place in the Santa Cruz Valley.  This special Salon & Saloon lecture will be included with the festivities at Fort Lowell, but donations are appreciated.

The Santa Cruz Valley is a weird place. Rivers flow backwards, giant cow skulls grace restaurants, marijuana factories grow legal weed, and nuclear missile sites are turned into museums. Even death and danger take a strange twist in the Valley. This presentation covers some of those strange and not so well-known stories from the “mighty” Santa Cruz River.

Rick Collins is a National Park Ranger with Tumacacori National Historical Park. Rick serves on the Board of Directors of the Tucson Presidio Trust, on the Board of the Tubac Historical Society, and on the Board of the Empire Ranch Foundation. Rick also works with the Tubac Presidio State Park creating exhibits and interpretive materials. He coordinates the volunteers of the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail Mounted Color Guard providing public activities to promote this amazing trail. Rick has studied the history and nature of the Santa Cruz Valley and found the river to be full of hair-raising stories and wild and wooly legends. This talk is just a small part of what happened.


March 18, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Fort Lowell Museum
2900 N. Craycroft Rd
Tucson, AZ 85712 United States
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