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Contributed by Sun Cities Area Historical Society

Newcomers to Sun City West are impressed with its gently curving streets, neat homes, lovely landscaping, lush golf courses and inviting recreation centers. Few of them realize that as recently as 1976 this was the home of the Circle One Livestock Company with its thousands of cattle - land that, according to one rancher, was "fit only for raising lizards."

The transition from "Lizard Acres" to the lush oasis that is Sun City West today is a far-ranging story of a company with extraordinary vision, along with the exceptional people who came to live here. They were men and women who chose an active lifestyle for their retirement years, applying their time, energy and creativity to the shaping of a new community.

Most of the photos in this collection are from the book "Sun City West: Silver Celebration," edited by Edson Allen and published by the Sun Cities Area Historical Society on the occasion of Sun City West's 25th Anniversary. The book is available for purchase from the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum.

 
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