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Contributed by Sun Cities Area Historical Society

Sun City is the first active retirement community in the United States. As late as a month before Sun City's grand opening, the development still did not have a name, however that was by design. The Webb Construction Company, to ramp up publicity, had sponsored a nationwide contest to name the community. An ad was placed in the Saturday Evening Post, awarding a new home to the winner. More than 100,000 people came to see Sun City during its three-day weekend opening, which began on January 1, 1960. Del Webb, the owner of Webb Construction Company was featured on the cover of the Time magazine on August 3, 1962. A five page article on Del Webb, his company and Sun City were in the magazine. Photograph by Bob McColley.

 
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