Arts & Culture:
Desert Caballeros Western Museum – Celebrating its 55th year, the Desert Caballeros Western Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history and art of Arizona and the west. It takes pride in being one of the best small museums in Arizona. The permanent collection includes Native American Indian and 19th-century decorative arts, as well as late 19th-21st – century Western American paintings and sculpture. The Museum’s public programming includes exhibitions, lectures, workshops, art classes and tours. (Admission Charged) www.westernmuseum.org
Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts –The Center for the Performing Arts is a 600-seat proscenium theatre located on the Wickenburg High School campus. Established in 2001, the theatre presents professional music, dance and theatre performances to educate and enrich the lives of its
patrons. The organization is deeply committed to enhancing the local schools’ arts and culture curriculum by offering free student performances, in-classroom workshops and a summer arts camp to inspire the next generation. The Webb Center curates the innovative “Made in Wickenburg” artist residency program. An artistic company lives at a local guest ranch for one to three weeks while developing a new work and offering open rehearsals to educate the general public about the creative process. In culmination of the residency, many companies world-premiere their new piece on the theatre’s stage. For more information and up-coming shows visit www.dewpac.org.
A special piece of Arizona’s natural environment is being protected and restored at the Hassayampa River Preserve near Wickenburg.
For most of its 100-mile course through the desert, the Hassayampa River flows only underground. But within the preserve its crystal clear waters emerge, flowing above ground throughout the year. The lush streamside habitat of the Hassayampa is home to some of the desert’s most spectacular wildlife.
Yet many of them have become dangerously imperiled as riparian areas have disappeared from the Arizona landscape. Spring-fed Palm Lake is a unique four-acre pond and marsh habitat. The marshy pond habitat attracts an impressive array of water birds such as the great blue heron, white-faced ibis, and pied-billed grebe. The large willows around the lake provide important nesting habitat for the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher.
The preserve is open Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday) from 8am – 5pm, mid September through mid-May, and Friday through Sunday from 7 am to 11am during the summer. The preserve is closed on major holidays. $5 donation is requested. Call (928) 684-2772 for information on programming, or visit http://www.nature.org/hassayampa
Vulture Mine Tour Information
Please join us for a two-hour guided tour of the historic Vulture Mine located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, 12 miles outside of Wickenburg, Arizona. This 1/2-mile dirt path walking tour offers an exploration of the remaining buildings and artifacts which once belonged to the booming mining town.
*Closed until further notice!
Address: 36610 N 355th Ave Wickenburg, AZ 85390
From the intersection of US 60 (Wickenburg Way) and Vulture Mine Road in the town of Wickenburg, turn South onto Vulture Mine Road (near the Safeway Shopping Center) and travel 12 miles to the mine entrance on the North (right) side of the Vulture Mine Road. The entrance is ½ mile after mile marker 15.
Please note: an adult must accompany any child under the age of 18. In addition, If the adult accompanying the child is not a parent or legal guardian, the Parental Consent Guardianship Form (available on our website) must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. This form must be presented at the time of the tour, and the acting legal guardian must have ID that matches the name on the form.
Wheelchair accessible portable restroom available.
For additional information contact: Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, (928) 684-0977 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Historical Wickenburg Adventures:
Wickenburg’s Historical Walking Tour – The Chamber has developed a self-guided brochure pairing historic town buildings with a map of their locations. Numbered copper disks on the outside of buildings correspond to numbers in the brochure. The New Bronze Statues are listed and pictured on the Walking Tour map. Download it Today!
The Town received a 14×17 cast bronze plaque with the information and placed it near the tree where it can be easily viewed by the public.
The Town of Wickenburg and the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce submitted information and photographs for the nomination!
The bronze character sculpture sits at the base of the tree. Visitors can press a button and hear a narrated story about the tree used as our first jail.
The Jail Tree (Mesquite – Prosopis velutina) in Wickenburg, was selected as Arizona “Magnificent 7” Heritage Tree and will hold this status throughout 2016. The Magnificent 7 are selected from three sub-programs of Arizona’s Magnificent Trees which include: Champion Trees (largest), Heritage Trees (culturally significant), and Witness Trees (as old as Arizona Statehood, February 14, 1912). These 7 trees represent the “best of the best” throughout Arizona.
These trees received special recognition at the State Arbor Day Ceremony on April 26, 2016. The ceremony was held at the State Capitol Museum – Historic Senate Office, which also include a reading of the Governor’s Proclamation, Awards Ceremony and Tree Planting. Executive Director Julie Brooks was invited to attend and accept the recognition for our community.
Massacre Monument – Dedicated to lives lost in an 1871 Apache-Mohave warrior attack, the Massacre Monument bears witness to the battle which spurred General Crook to launch the counter attack which ended Indian hostility in the area. The turnoff point is six miles west of the intersection of Vulture Mine Road on US-60. This is west of mile marker 102. The turnoff is not marked and can easily be missed.
Old 761 Santa Fe Steam Locomotive – Baldwin Locomotive #761 is a 2-8-0 “Consolidated” type. Located on Frontier Street near the Sante Fe Depot (Chamber of Commerce) This engine pounded the rails between Chicago and the west. Built in 4/1900.
The 1900 Series Southern Pacific Drover Caboose
The 1900 Series Southern Pacific Drover Caboose, was purchased from the State of Nevada Historical Railroad Museum in Boulder, Nevada, by The Wellik Foundation in June 2003.
Volunteers from the Nevada Historical Railroad Museum and University of Las Vegas Students working nights and weekends completed the reconditioned caboose interior and exterior. The caboose was at one time painted a bright yellow. Its interior paint is original.
Historically “The Drover” Car was set behind the cattle car, and cowboys stayed in the caboose and managed the herd. This particular Drover Car ran the route from Montana to California.
Vi Wellik, owner of the Flying E Ranch, and principal in saving and restoring the Santa Fe Depot in 1987, felt the completion to Historic Frontier Street would be to relocate the Santa Fe Locomotive #761 & Tender and find a caboose as a final compliment.
Mrs. Wellik and her late husband George have for over 45 years made generous contributions for the betterment of our community.
The Wellik Foundation approved and financed the relocation expenses and purchase of the Drover Car. The Town of Wickenburg was presented the Locomotive & Tender by The Round-Up Club/Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce in 1953, after the Santa Fe Railroad gifted it to the organization. The Wellik Foundation presented the Drover Car to the Town in October 2003. Our Drover Car is open for tour Friday’s and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from November 1 through May 1. Meet our volunteer engineers Jim & Jeanne Bansner for a complete history and the tour.
In the Area:
Joshua Forest – One of the largest remaining Joshua tree stands is found 30 miles northwest of Wickenburg. It provides springtime visitors with a breathtaking sight of trees in bloom.
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