A yellow tinted, black and white postcard of the gazebo in Vista Park in Warren. The caption at the top reads “Open Air Dance Pavilion Warren, Ariz”. The postcard was postmarked Lowell Station--July 13 and was sent to Mrs. Hy. Roberts Huntington Beach, Cal Box 454 from Mrs. Armstrong Box 918 Warren. Written on the back ink “Dear Mrs. Roberts--Received your card. glad to know you remembered me. Mr. Roberts is OK. I see him every day, so do not worry. Just have a good time. it is very hot here now. Best regards from Mrs. Armstrong”. This postcard was published by the Warren Drug Company and the Albertype Company, Brooklyn New York. Carolyn Zinn collection.
Between seven and nine in the evening on June 3rd, 1911, Warren celebrated the grand opening of Vista Park. The trolley company deployed extra cars to help manage the crowds of 2,000 to 3,000 people. Music was provided by the Calumet & Arizona band followed by a guest performance by the Sixth Cavalry Band. The most spectacular event that night was the lighting of hundreds of electric lights that illuminated the park and the attendees. Vista park functioned as a focal point of recreational life for the residents of Warren, Lowell, and Bisbee. The trees, shrubs and grass were irrigated by the water pumped from the mines. The park hosted concerts played by the Calumet & Arizona and the Copper Queen bands. Among the social events hosted there was a dance organized by Catholic women to raise funds for St. Patrick’s church. In May 1914, the trees near the YWCA were moved in the preparation for a new dispensary building. The trees were replanted at Vista Park as part of its 1914 expansion, part of a plan to further beautify Warren, provide residents with better services and to improve property values.
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