A Look Back At Lizard Acres
Edson Allen speaking at Lizard Acres event
A look back at life in Lizard Acres – a ranching community that once existed where Sun City West now exists – was the subject of a special program hosted April 17 by the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum. An overflow crowd packed the R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall to hear Retired Judge John Gemmill share his stories about growing up on the huge cattle feedlot. Mr. Gemmill and his family lived on the prosperous Circle One cattle ranch during the 1950s and ‘60s. The ranch was sold to the Del Webb Corporation in the 1970s and eventually torn down to make way for Sun City West.
Museum is now open, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1 – 4 pm.
Step back in time as you enter one of the five original model homes opened in 1960. Priced at $8500, LIFE Magazine would describe it as “the least expensive home on a golf course in America.”
The living room, kitchen, and bathroom retain their 1960 ambiance. The two other rooms and later additions house exhibits on:
• The legendary Del Webb and the company he built
• The Marinette cotton plantation that preceded Sun City
• Life in Sun City – golf, baseball, performing arts
• Transition of Lizard Acres to Sun City West, and more
Top off your visit by watching “The Beginning” (see below) in the Sundome Jr. – Arizona’s smallest theater, seating six on seats taken from the Sundome before it was razed.
Best of all, admission is FREE!