Preservation

A reconstructed adobe wall (circa 1916) is on display at the museum. It is from the Bowen Ranch, which was originally located approximately eight miles east of the museum. Local folklore claims that a mail route passed by this ranch, with stages and freight wagons stopping for shade and water.

We aim to collect, preserve, document, and display the histories and artifacts of the Chandler Heights, Combs, Higley, and Queen Creek communities.

San Tan Shadows articles were created to document some of our rich heritage. Stop by the museum for complementary copies.

 

Stage Stop. the old Desert Wells Stage Stop, south of Ocotillo Road on the east side of Sossaman Road, was used in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s

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Mansel Carter (1902 – 1987), know as "The Man of the Mountain," made his home on Goldmine Mountain, where he had filed mining claims for 40 years.

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Frances Brandon Pickett contributed to the Queen Creek community since 1927. Pickett became a teacher at the Rittenhouse Elementary School; the same school that is now the home and museum for the San Tan Historical Society.

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Hohokam Artifacts. When farmers began cultivating the desert area near the San Tan Mountains in the early 1900s, they regularly uncovered artifacts from the past - pieces of pottery, stone tools, and more.

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Chandler Heights Dr. Alexander J. Chandler, a veterinarian, an entrepreneur, and the first mayor of the city that bears his name had big plans for the development of a farming community at the base of the San Tan Mountains, just thirteen miles southeast of Chandler.

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