Wickenburg, Arizona, Lives the Wild West
Named a 2008 Top Town By True West
Henry Wickenburg struck gold 135 years ago—1863—at the Vulture Mine.
The gold has played out, but locals have found a new treasure: visitors who come to see the preserved heritage of Wickenburg, our Number 8 Top True Western Town of 2008.
The announcement comes in the January/February issue of True West Magazine, one newsstands January 15, 2008. The Number 1 Town is St. Joseph, Missouri.
Among the Wickenburg sights: the Vulture Mine is open to the public (alas, there’s no gold to be found nowadays). There’s the original Santa Fe Depot, which brought the world to town in 1895. The Jail Tree is still around, some 200 years old, once used to hold lawbreakers who were chained to the mesquite before a jail building was built in the 1880s. And most of the downtown buildings date back to the 19th century, too, preserved by citizens who care about Wickenburg’s past and future.
“Wickenburg is one of the great Western towns, and it’s been a hidden gem for years,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “But the town’s ongoing tourism efforts mean that more and more people are finding out just how special it is.”
Several preservation efforts are ongoing. The Old Texas Hotel was renovated last year. The restoration of the old Santa Fe Depot (which now houses the Chamber of Commerce) continues. And folks are constantly working to maintain the Old West look and feel of downtown Wickenburg.
Past top town recipients: Helper, Utah (2007) and Sheridan, Wyoming (2006).
True West editors determine winners for this annual award based on criteria demonstrating how each town preserves its history through old buildings, museums and other institutions, events and promotion of historic resources.
The feature includes Towns to Watch for their good works in historic preservation and several legendary locales folks should know.
True West magazine is in its 55th year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation. For subscriptions and more information, visit http://www.twmag.com or call 888-687-1881.
Contact: Mark Boardman