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Cave Creek Museum reopening for the season

Staff Report~ 9/17/2014

CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum reopens for the season on Oct. 1. The museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers, and pioneers.

One of the highlights of the season will be monthly demonstrations of the Museum’s historic “Golden Reef” Stamp Mill, which dates back to 1880 and was used to crush hard rock ore so that gold could be separated and saved. Cave Creek Museum’s Stamp Mill is the only operational 10-Stamp Mill in the state. The schedule of monthly demonstrations will be announced on Oct. 1.

Another new exhibit will be “Saddle Up,” a colorful display of horse saddles dating from 1890 to 1950, including one that was made for a professional baseball player. The new “Baskets, Baskets, Beautiful Baskets” exhibit features Native American baskets dating from the 1880s to the 1930s. The baskets are from several Arizona tribes:  Pima (O'Odham), Navajo, Apache, Havasupai, Yavapai, and Papago (Tohono O'Odham).

In addition, the museum will unveil a new “Arizona’s Greatest Battle” exhibit that features history about what is considered to be the greatest recorded battle ever fought in Arizona. The 1857 battle was the last in a series of skirmishes in which the O’Odham (Pima) and Piipaash (Maricopa) fought their adversaries to the west. The exhibit will include a replica war shield, a war club, sandals, and more on loan from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

The museum will host several new children’s programs throughout the year and bring back popular annual events, including “A Miner’s Dinner” in November, “Antiques Appraisal Day” in January, “Authors’ Month” in February, and its biggest fundraiser of the year, “Homes Through Time” home tour in March.

The Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 Skyline Drive. Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Entrance fees are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors; and $2 for students. Children 12 and under are free.

For information, call (480) 488-2764 or visit www.cavecreekmuseum.org.