black and white image of woman in 1920s clothing looking at a large olla pottery artifact

Waltrina Robinson Williams at approximately 17 years of age visiting the ruins from Oklahoma. Note the top of the Model T in the background.

Jim Hatfield Family Collection, used with permission

The history of Casa Grande Ruins includes more than the archeological studies and ethnographic guesses about the Ancient Sonoran Desert people. Stories compiled from written and photographic accounts range from diary entries of early explorers to photographs of work done by a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crew and tales of a great "Arizona Pageant" held several years within the park grounds.

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