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Gila Bend Visitor's Center and Museum

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Gila Bend Visitor's Center and Museum

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Robby G C wrote a review Nov 2020
Toronto, Canada77150 contributions1778 helpful votes
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We were lucky. There was a museum and we learned a lot. The Indians first encountered by whites. In the 1850's stock abandoned by emigrants. Early farming in the Gila: Gila is now is now a major agricultural. On September 30,1877, the first locomotive steamed into the Arizona. Gailsen Purchase:The spoils of the victory over Mexicans in 1848. I really liked that museum. Mormon batalion reached California.gold was discovered. Even back then most folks were hurying and chose the risks. There were Rodeos and stagecoaches. There were many vases. In the museum there were many pictures. Oatman Tragedy:Two years were sold to the Mohave and Mary Ann died. At one time there was a drought. Tha Papago were farmers In this city there are petroglyphs. P.S. The visitor Center helped us a lot and he was friendly.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Robby G C wrote a review Aug 2020
Toronto, Canada77150 contributions1778 helpful votes
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I liked the Gila Bend Visitor's Center and Museum. First they helped us to find of the the bridge. We also liked the Museum. we learned about the Papago Indians, trains and locomotives. The first locomotive started in 1877. There were special rocks. The spoils of the victory over Mexico in 1848 did not include vast lands. Hieroglyphs. The Mormons and rodeos and lots of vases. Worthwhile to see!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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barb r wrote a review Nov 2019
Okoboji, Iowa190 contributions31 helpful votes
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This museum is free. A lovely lady, the mayor of Gila Bend's wife welcomed us. The museum had lots of free information about the area and other AZ sites. The museum had a beautiful collection of Pagado Indians baskets. Old wanted posters lined the wall of a ranch display. Rancher and farmer tools filled the displays . Interesting .stories of of an area massacre was included in the museum. Many other interesting articles were included.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Cindy wrote a review May 2019
Colorado Springs, Colorado1 contribution
Contrary to previous review comment, there was nothing about WWII internment camp at the museum when we visited in May 2019.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Tony B wrote a review May 2019
Maryland488 contributions45 helpful votes
We have always been on the lookout for places to visit when in Tucson over the years and this museum was within a few hours of Tucson for a pleasant day trip. We found the exhibits quite interesting and some of the details about southwestern Arizona's history were quite informative as well. Just as a point of interest, the entrance door to the museum is closed seemingly all of the time. So, one has to go through the Gila Bend Town Hall entrance in order to gain access to the museum. We were there on a Wednesday in August of 2018, so that was the case with us. For the hours of the Gila Bend Visitor's Center and Museum, one could probably look up the phone number for the Town Hall on the internet to double check on the hours of operation for access to the museum. Hopefully, this will help those who want to learn more about the history of this area. It is a small museum, but it is very well kept and one can spend several hours investigating the displays. I am not really a history buff, but I am glad that we went there. Before the Gadsden purchase of 1853, this area was part of Mexico. While you are in the area, one might want to take a trip to the Gillespie Dam Bridge, which is a Camelback steel through truss bridge spanning the Gila River in Maricopa County. There is some history that took place along the Gila River during the Mexican- American war that was mentioned in the museum, and that sparked our interest to see the bridge. It is about a 30 minute or less trip one way. It is one of only two surviving multiple span steel through truss bridges in Arizona. There is also some history involved with the bridge construction project as well as an interpretive center.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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