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Book Event: Charles Poston in Arizona
October 24, 2015 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am$2 - $7.50
Charles D. Poston, the “Father of Arizona,” is known for his early settlement of Arizona, his ownership of one of Arizona’s first silver mining companies (headquartered in Tubac), and his efforts to make Arizona a U.S. territory. He also was Arizona’s first superintendent of Indian affairs and first territorial delegate to Congress. But before any of these things happened, as a young man of twenty-eight, Poston led a daring and controversial expedition into Sonora and southern Arizona in 1854, in search of silver mines and a route for the American transcontinental railroad. In the process he met hostile Indians, wealthy landowners, and powerful politicians; endured starvation marches across the Sonoran desert; and founded the settlement that became Yuma, Arizona. Gil Storms will talk about Poston’s adventure, based upon his book Reconnaissance in Sonora: Charles D. Poston’s 1854 Exploration of Mexico and the Gadsden Purchase (University of Arizona Press, 2015). Call 520-398-2252 to make your reservation today. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.