Ajo Historical Society Museum

Ajo Historical Society Museum Open during the tourist season late October until late May Noon to 4 PM daily [usually...if the flag is flying we are open...sometimes things come up]
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Plumbing system in patio broke...old galvanized pipe rusted out.   Will have to repair it before Red and White weekend i...
11/24/2019

Plumbing system in patio broke...old galvanized pipe rusted out. Will have to repair it before Red and White weekend in October. (it was repaired, President Mike MacFarlane ram rodded the job.)_

11/24/2019

Sunday, Nov 24,at 10 a.m. there will be a memorial service for Richard Guinn. It will be in the patio area, The museum will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. as usual.

Probably closed Thanksgiving Day,  Meanwhile here are some old,not ancient, photos of Ajo and mine.
11/18/2019

Probably closed Thanksgiving Day, Meanwhile here are some old,not ancient, photos of Ajo and mine.

04/10/2019

The Ajo Museum just received six Ajo High School yearbooks thanks to a donation from a recent visitor. Two of the six were not in the collection.
They were the yearbooks for 1999 & 2002.
The Museum has most of the school annuals beginning with the first one published in 1937. The collection needs the following years: 1969, 1985,1986, 1987, 1990, 1992 &1994. Donations of these yearbooks gladly accepted.

04/10/2019

A little less than two months to go for this season. Up to 2500 visitors so far, one of the best seasons of the last ten.

Once in a while some whatnots are left  on the doorsteps of the Ajo Museum  On Monday, March 4th, this unusual donation ...
03/09/2019

Once in a while some whatnots are left on the doorsteps of the Ajo Museum On Monday, March 4th, this unusual donation awaited my arrival. No notes have been found, so much of it is a mystery. I hope someone can tell us where they came from and who the donor is. Here are some photos. Louie Walters Curator

The Ajo Museum had a nice donation from Ajo Resale.  It is a 12 inch statue of a Buffalo Soldier.  He resides in the wes...
03/09/2019

The Ajo Museum had a nice donation from Ajo Resale. It is a 12 inch statue of a Buffalo Soldier. He resides in the western section of the museum. Thank You Ajo Resale.

Annual general membership meeting on March 12  5 p.m.  at museum.
03/07/2019

Annual general membership meeting on March 12 5 p.m. at museum.

Today the Ajo Resale store donated to the museum a 12 inch statue of a Buffalo Soldier  U S Cavalry.  I am trying to fin...
02/28/2019

Today the Ajo Resale store donated to the museum a 12 inch statue of a Buffalo Soldier U S Cavalry. I am trying to find out more about the statue. It has the initials
T (or J ) D I on the base in back with a copyright date of '89. Here are a few photos of it. Please let me know if you have some information on it.

02/20/2019

Today I added a list of about 1000 names of folks who were employed in some way by the Ajo
School District from 1912 - 2018. It is in the museum's library. Had 29 visitors today. Glad Jose' D Castillo was on hand. He is a big boost for the museum. Folks want to visit with someone who worked for the mine.

02/19/2019

Nearly 9000 names of former Ajo students are now in the Ajo Museum Library...alphabetical order. Used it today to help a lady who was on the genealogy hunt for two cousins ...found them back in the 1940's.

Will add another thousand plus names of Ajo school district employees from 1912 - 2018 tomorrow, I am trying to make the library stronger and stronger in resources for those with Ajo connections.

Help welcomed.

Louie Walters, volunteer curator

02/18/2019

New resource at Ajo Museum...7000 plus Ajo student names and last attendance year. I have been compiling a list of many Ajo High School attendees for some time. The result is a 200 page binder with most names of Ajo Jr Hi and High School students from 1919 to 2018. Some years ago I created a list of those who graduated from Ajo HS and placed it in the Ajo Museum library. Often folks would ask me about someone who attended Ajo HS but did not graduate from Ajo HS. Now, thanks to the power of a spreadsheet, the names are in alphabetical order. Maiden names for the ladies, with their marital surname if appropriate.

In no way is this list perfect, but it is a starting point. It is not for sale, but may be used at the Ajo Museum. The Ajo Copper News and the school annuals at the Ajo Museum were the major sources of information. Louie Walters, Curator

02/18/2019

The mine overlook, neighbors of the Ajo Museum, has been closed most of last week. We hope the volunteers, Bob & Dee, are okay. :Lot more visitors to the museum as a result and a lot of questions about the mine overlook. Had 53 visitors yesterday, Saturday February 16, 2019, highest single day of this season. Jose' D. Castilo "Quirrin" helps out a lot and was on hand for the crowd. Still if you want to help out as a volunteer we can use the extra ladypower or manpower. Contact President Mike MacFarlane, Jose' Castillo or myself Louie Walters, curator.

01/21/2019

Should reach 1000 visitors by end of this month. A nice turnout so far and when the desert flowers bloom this spring it should be spectacular ...lots of rainfall has arrived making conditions right.

01/11/2019
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The Ajo Museum has had over 700 visitors since opening for the season in late October. Guests from Brazil and Norway recently visited.

The museum library now has over 4200 obituaries plus several thousand other documents and photos of people once connected to Ajo. A great resource for family researchers.

The library also includes sixty high school yearbooks dating back to 1937. Normally the library does not check out books nor does it have a copier so bring a phone camera or other device to record information.

While there is no set fee to enter the museum or use its resources on site, it does need finances to meet its ongoing costs. A dollar or two per person is a modest suggestion.

The Ajo Museum is owned and maintained by the Ajo Historical Society. It is a registered non-profit charity. Membership is open to all at a cost of $25 annual or $75 lifetime dues. The members elect three board members each year to a 3 year term of office.

The mailing address is Ajo Historical Society PO Box 778, Ajo, AZ 85321.

10/22/2018

The Ajo Museum had over 50 visitors during the Red & White reunion weekend. Off to a good start.

10/15/2018

Ajo Historical Society Board meeting at Ajo Museum tomorrow October 17th at 5:30 pm. Visitors welcomed to attend.

10/11/2018

Cleanup 9 am to noon Oct 17th (Wed) in preparation for Red & White Ajo reunion weekend Oct 19th - 21st.

10/10/2018

President Mike MacFarlane is organizing a cleanup before the museum opens for the Red & White weekend...Oct 19th - 21st.

05/31/2018

We are starting to button up the Museum for the summer hiatus. Sunday is last regular day. Board meeting & audit on the 6th, date changed. I will be in Ajo most of the summer if someone wants to use the library for research. Had six visitors today...which is good for any day in May. Memorial Day weekend was disappointing, but we had already passed 3000 guests for the season, second best year out of last eleven (had 3152 back in 2008-09. It would take a hundred plus visitors in the last few days to beat that number, still I am pleased. Mike MacFarlane has new energy and ideas to improve the facility. Is 4000 out of reach next season ? thanks for your interest and support. Louie Walters

05/23/2018

It must be the (relatively) cooler weather that blew in 35 visitors these past five days. Usually most of May is a slow month at the Ajo museum, especially deep into the month. Yesterday we had 7 guests and today 10 ! Number nine of those ten was our 3000th visitor for the season which began in mid October. Currently this is the second best season of the eleven under my role as curator...best was back in 2008-2009 with 3152 when we closed it after Memorial Day weekend. With 12 days left before closing for the summer there is an outside chance we will surpass it, Our last curator, Bob Hightower, often had 3000 or more guests a season. Back then it was open 6 hours a day, now with a smaller group of volunteers it is open in the afternoon for four hours a day...noon to 4 PM. Anyone wishing to help volunteer should contact our new President, Mike MacFarlane or myself. Mike and Jose' Castillo are planning on coming up with a summer to do list so don't wait til the fall to step forward. Thanks to all who have supported the Ajo Historical Society Museum by word or deed. til later Louie Walters

Bo Johnson of Ajo Chamber of Commerce brought this photo to the Ajo Museum today.  Does none recognize anyone on the tea...
05/19/2018

Bo Johnson of Ajo Chamber of Commerce brought this photo to the Ajo Museum today. Does none recognize anyone on the team? It was taken in the Ajo plaza long ago, On the back it states "Football team Ajo, Ariz Marion" (there is an arrow pointing to the lower right player).

We have four horses now for the model stage coach.  Now need some heavy pullers for the wagon like toy oxen or mules.  S...
05/17/2018

We have four horses now for the model stage coach. Now need some heavy pullers for the wagon like toy oxen or mules. Should be nearly four inches tall at shoulder if they are mules a bit smaller if oxen. We are trying to create a scene from
Ajo's history about 1855. Here is a photo of a mural done in 1946. It is currently seldom seen by the public since the building that has it has been closed for several years in Ajo. The artist included a wagon heading to California loaded with copper ore. (back ground on left side).

05/16/2018

As things slow down visitor wise at the Ajo Museum, we volunteers have time to have a bit of fun on various projects. These past few weeks we rediscovered a stage coach and a buckboard covered wagon...each without wheels let along rigging. We now have four horses for the stage coach, but need some strong animals like ox or mules to pull the wagon. (Also maybe some spare wheels as the ones I came up with won't stand up under a heavy load of copper ore. ) Here are a few photos of the work in progress. Louie Walters curator. P.S. won't turn any three or four inch passengers down. One wood carver may come up with a driver ! and that is a very important contribution.

05/15/2018

We are knocking on the door of 3000 visitors since October. Need 40 more by the end of this month. May usually slows down to a trickle of guests. Had five yesterday and two today. We still keep busy, did some painting and other odd jobs recently. Mike MacFarlane, our president, will put out the call for a cleanup day in the fall. We hope to be all tidy in time for the Ajo Red & White reunion weekend of October 19th -21st. Anyone who wants to use the museum library after June 5th should contact myself (curator) at (520) 387 -5698. I will be in Ajo for most of this summer.
There will be a board meeting on June 5th. Anyone who wants to join the Ajo Historical Society ($12.50/ year or $75/lifetime) should pick up a form and return it with a check or cash before June 5th. The board has to act on each application (by-laws)...next board meeting is in October. Have a good summer. Louie Walters

05/11/2018

Hi As visitors slow down at the museum the volunteers engage in projects to enhance it. Mike MacFarlane, our new President, has been installing solar powered security lights and looking for more ways to make the building better. Jose' Castillo is working on a model stage coach and a model buckboard. He is trying to make the details authentic. Louie Walters has been adding touches to the mine model with a Native American looking for red rocks to make "Au auho" [red paint]. Nearby armed with a canon and a sword is Capita'n Asalante Rojo...a stand in along with his companion for the Spaniards who were seeking wealth at "la mina de las platas de Ajo" [the silver mines of Ajo] in the 1750's. [Oh, one translation for "Asalante Rojo" is "Red Raider", which coincidentally is the nickname for the Ajo high school teams."] Each volunteer helps the others with their projects.
The museum will be closed after June 3rd for the summer.

05/04/2018

The Ajo Museum is closing in on 3000 visitors for the season with 2923 as of yesterday. It will stop being opened daily by June 3rd. Too few visitors and too much heat to make it worthwhile for us guides.

Jose' Castillo and Louie Walters honored at the March 28, 2018 Ajo Chamber of Commerce annual banquet as Volunteers of t...
04/05/2018

Jose' Castillo and Louie Walters honored at the March 28, 2018 Ajo Chamber of Commerce annual banquet as Volunteers of the year.

04/01/2018

Over 2600 people have paid the Ajo Museum a visit since opening for the season in October. Best year since 2006-2007.

Jose' Castillo and myself (Louie Walters) were honored last week by being chosen as the volunteers of the year by the Ajo Chamber of Commerce at their annual banquet.

03/21/2018

Been kinda busy at the museum the last few days. Had 20 visitors on Saturday, 38 on Sunday, slowed down to 14 yesterday and made up for it today with 58 visitors. Goal Academy out of Pueblo Colorado showed up with three vans...thirty in all...25 students and 5 teachers. Don't know how they heard about us but glad to have them. 2468 visitors for the season that began in late October. A little over two months to go before this season ends. Can we reach 3000 ? Will give it a shot. It has been twelve years since we had over 3000 visitors in a season.

03/21/2018

At last week's general membership meeting Lito Castillo, Paulette Walters and Louie Walters were re-elected to the board of directors for a three year term. Gabrielle David was appointed to the board to fill an abandonded seat for the remaining two years of that seat. Afterwards at the board of directors meeting an election of officers to the board was held...two year terms. Paulette Walters was re-elected as Secretary. Dee HIghtower was re-elected as Treasurer. Gabrielle David was elected Vice President. Michael "Mike" MacFarlane was elected President. (Out going Louie Walters did not stand for re-election as President.)
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03/07/2018

Kord's Mardi Gras Dinner Saturday March 24th 5 - 7 PM at the Ajo Elks Lodge $10 each proceeds to benefit the Ajo Historical Society open to the public tickets may be obtained at the Ajo Museum, Ajo Auto Parts or from Jose' Castillo

03/07/2018

Tuesday 5 PM March 13th the Ajo Historical Society will hold its annual general membership meeting. Light snacks. 3 board members to be elected. Board of directors meeting to follow afterwards.

Kattie Allen of the Ajo Copper News came by the Ajo Museum a few weeks ago and took a nice photo of Carl Sikora and I be...
03/01/2018

Kattie Allen of the Ajo Copper News came by the Ajo Museum a few weeks ago and took a nice photo of Carl Sikora and I beneath the new bell. Kattie told me a while back that the creation of the bell was worth a story. She surprised us by having it on the front page ! Thank you Kattie. And thank you Carl.

Here is a look at John Campbell Greenway's statue as it was being made.
03/01/2018

Here is a look at John Campbell Greenway's statue as it was being made.

Monica Porter and her daughter Dani Porter-Lansky recently paid the Ajo Historical Society Museum a visit and donated a ...
02/23/2018

Monica Porter and her daughter Dani Porter-Lansky recently paid the Ajo Historical Society Museum a visit and donated a 1920 New Cornelia Copper Company annual report. Here is the section about the townsite (Plaza).

02/21/2018

The electrical circuit in the entrance room (church section) went out two days ago. Along with it went the plugs in most if not all of the museum. We think the culprit is the space heater and/or a faulty circuit breaker. Jose' Castillo and I checker the electrical panel and reset all of the circuit breakers. No luck. We hope to get an electrician today. Meanwhile the lights are on in the other two-thirds of the Ajo Museum. Had ten visitors yesterday ... over 1850 for the season...have a real shot at reaching 3000 by the end of May which would be our first 3000 season in the past eleven years. The Museum used to be open six hours a day when it had many more volunteers. 3000 plus visitors was common then. Dress warm if you are planning a visit in the near future. Chilly here in Ajo.

Carl Sikora, a winter resident here in Ajo, took on a task for the Ajo Museum.  It is in the photographs below.  See if ...
02/04/2018

Carl Sikora, a winter resident here in Ajo, took on a task for the Ajo Museum. It is in the photographs below. See if you can spot it.

01/31/2018

Very busy week with the Old Timers Fiddler Contest and the Quilt Show drawing in early campers. Museum has been getting about 20 - 25 visitors a day now. Three volunteer guides that began in November have left Ajo for other destinations. Hope to see them next fall. Just a few of us trying to hold down the fort daily from noon to 4 PM. Anyone interested in helping out, especially during the next two months please contact me (Louie Walters) at the Ajo Museum. No pay...only glory.

Albaugh,Oralia Casillas outnumbered the barbers about three to one over the years.  Here is an imperfect list of Ajo's b...
01/27/2018

Albaugh,Oralia Casillas outnumbered the barbers about three to one over the years. Here is an imperfect list of Ajo's beauticians. Please feel free to suggest the names of others who worked in Ajo. And if you know the last name of the one's I only identified by their first name, don't be bashful, just post it. Ajo Beauticians

Aguilar, Rita
Albaugh,Oralia Casillas
Amado Archer, Elva Lea
Avalos Puzas, Maria
Bajbek, Mamie
Blakely, Connie
Blount, Mary Lee
Bray, Sudra
Brooks, Mrs. Chester
Bustamante, Christina D. Martinez
Cade, Gladys
Cameron, Jon
Celaya, Sylvia
Clark, Julia
Clary, Mrs.
Clatterbuck, Sherry Farmer Wilkerson
Clow, Sue
Conklin, Sue
D'Arcy, Maddie
Davis, Maxine
Dearle, Norma
Dees, Maggie
Delfosse, Yolanda
Edmingston, Marjorie
Elsmere, Bertha
Escalante, Connie
Faye (Last name unknown)
Fincher, Rosalie
Frederick, Beverly
Gallegar, Virginia
Gonzales, Dorothy R
Grammar, Lucille
Havins, Ann
Hegwood, Lois
Hightower, Louise Garcia
Hoge, Nellie Jo Voris
James Espinoza, Anita
Jan (Last name unknown)
Jones Malone, Ida
Jones, Eileen
Jones, Elisa Cañez
Kane, Mrs. Mildred
Kellogg, Jerry
Kerrick, Dorothy
Lee, Sheila
Lopez, Lisa Fern
Luckey, Bea
Lyda, B. G. (possibly a barber)
Mallett Martin, Carrie
McDonald, Francine Hughes
Miller, Mrs. Mary (James P.)
Minerva (Last name unknown)
Moore, Donna
Morago, Jeannie Treadway
Moreno Greer, Virginia
Neeb, Ethel
Nogales, Julie
Norris, Phyllis
Olea, Gloria Gonzales
Osife, Carol
Parra, Vicki
Pat (Last name unknown)
Peckham, Julie
Phillips, Rita
Pino, Griselda Lopez
Potter, Carroll
Price, Sharon
Ralston, Jerry
Reed, Estelle
Roosa, Linda C
Rosalez Tuchi, Juanita
Saline, Linda Ohlwiler
Sanchez, Maricella
Sandra (Last name unknown)
Santiago Cañez, Julia
Schultz, Lynn
Serventi Razo, Vangie
Sotelo Hess, Olga Frances (Gerald Hess)
Stahler, Sally
Swindel, Linda
Thomas, Pili Razo
Thomas, Crystal
Thompson, Ann E.
Timm Thomas, Elaine
Trenberth, Mrs.
Trout, Mrs. (Ed)
Trujillo, Irene
Trujillo, June
Tutas, Valenda
Van Ripper Linda AnnVega, Nitza
Vogel, Hazel
Walker, June
Ward, Ada
Weilen Wombacher, Doloress
Welch, Chris (barber ?)
Weyler, Linda Celine
Widdon, Cathy
Williams, Dora "Pandi"
Williams, Juanita
Williams, Valerie Temple
Wright, Pauline
Zozaya, Sylvia Celaya (see Celaya)

Address

160 S Mission Rd [ PO Box778 ]
Ajo, AZ
85321

Opening Hours

Monday 12:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 12:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00
Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(520) 387-7105

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