On Tuesday, April 4, the Red Pueblo Museum and Heritage Park of Fredonia hosted the local chapter of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers for a light supper and presentation. Launa Spendlove prepared “walking tacos”, Easter eggs to color and a presentation on the settlement of the Arizona Strip.
Did you know that to stake a claim for land on the strip, you had to build a structure that included door, a window, a table, a bed and a stove? That could be a dugout into a hillside or into the ground, as long as it included those items! There is a re-creation of an early settler-type dugout in the Heritage Park that shows the size that many early settlers built, and it’s hard to imagine a family of two (let alone six or eight) living in such a tiny space in the middle of our desert. Step in when you come to visit It stays cool because of the earth filled out on top and around it!
During the meeting, three new members of the chapter read their personal history and it was delightful to learn of their families, talents, and life experiences; Sheena Cram, Robin Hanson and Pauline Judd Smith. The Kane County DUP Company officers were also in attendance.
The Red Pueblo Museum and Heritage Park opened for the 2023 season on the following day, April 5. They are open Wednesday – Saturday, 9-5 p.m. Arizona time. Bring your family and visitors to tour this five star Area Attraction (on Yelp) for a wonderful look into the treasures of the earliest settlers and history of the northern edge of Arizona.