The Sun Cities Area Historical Society
is dedicated to the preservation and presentation
of the records and artifacts for Sun City, Arizona,
the world’s first Active Retirement Community
and its sister city Sun City West.
Through documentation and display in the first model home,
public programs and published written materials,
the Society seeks to interpret for future generation
the unique context of urban design interaction with
volunteerism to maintain these progressive cities.
Sun City’s first shopping center and home to the community’s first grocery store. Another view of the shopping center showing Safeway, which opened the day before the first Sun City home was sold. Grand [...]
Mountain View Rec reation Center under construction in early 1967. Not much has changed at Mountain View over the years, with the exception of the addition of tennis courts located south of the entrance [...]
A courtyard with graceful arches fronted the 7,000-seat auditorium, which opened in 1980. Today, a Fry's Food Store occupies the land where the Sundome once existed. The store design replicated the arches in front of [...]
In a photo from 1966, a Safeway employee eagerly assists customers with their groceries while fellow Sun City shoppers happily go about their business. Today, a thrift store occupies the space where Safeway once [...]
It's an old axiom but one that absolutely describes Del Webb's early years. Most people would have been devastated when the family's financial troubles hit, but not Del. He simply picked up his bat, [...]
The Webb's left California in the summer of 1928. The move to Phoenix Arizona was more about health concerns than business opportunities. The city was growing, but it was still the middle of nowhere [...]
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