History, Language & Current Events

Wm Beardsley and the Canals of Arizona

The Beardsley name appears on a street, a rec center, a canal, and a sign along the railroad where the town of Beardsley once was located. Beardsley hoped it would become a major farming center once he dammed the Aqua Fria and brought irrigation water to the West Valley. The obstacles he faced would have discouraged a lesser man, but his perseverance was representative of the Indians and pioneers who came before him. We'll look at the early canal builders, along with the development of Lake Pleasant and the more recent Central Arizona Project.

Instructor: Ed and his wife, Loretta, have been coming to Arizona since 1975 originally to visit Ed's parents in Sun City.  Retiring in 1996 they chose to winter here. Ed's career in advertising and sales promotion led him to become active in the Sun City West Visitors Center. This work led him to an association with the Sun Cities Area Historical Society.  Here he assisted in the task of writing the history of Sun City West which led to the book "Sun City West Silver Celebration" for the 25th anniversary activities.  Ed also played an active role in converting Sun City's first model home into today's Del Webb Sun Cities Museum.


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