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From Lizard Acres to Lush Oasis - The Building of Sun City West, Arizona
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    • "Topping Out" the Del E. Webb Hospital

    • "Topping Out" the Del E. Webb Hospital
    • Unknown
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • Celebrating the completion of the Del E. Webb Hospital in Sun City West - a worker on a crane wearing a top hat released balloons.
    • Aerial View of Sun City West

    • Aerial View of Sun City West
    • Del E. Webb Construction Company
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • This photograph, taken 4/7/82, shows the progress being made in the construction of Sun City West. By this time many homes were completed, golf courses were in place, and the R. H. Johnson Recreation Center was operational (the white building...
    • Audience enjoying show at the Sundome

    • Audience enjoying show at the Sundome
    • Unknown
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • The Sundome Center for the Performing Arts opened with a bang - and Lawrence Welk - on September 13, 1980. For over 20 years the 7000 seat theatre provided a wealth of entertainment for visitors and residents. Over the years, revenues decreased...
    • Bell Road bridge washout

    • Bell Road bridge washout
    • Unknown
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • Bell Road bridge over the Agua Fria River was washed out in a flood in February 1980. It would take 18 months for a new bridge to be completed.
    • Del E. Webb Hospital under construction

    • Del E. Webb Hospital under construction
    • Unknown
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • After 10 years in the planning, the groundbreaking for Del E. Webb Memorial Hospital in Sun City West was held on October 7, 1985. The official dedication was held December 6, 1987 and the hospital opened for business on January 4, 1988.
    • Lizard Acres - Site of Sun City West

    • Lizard Acres - Site of Sun City West
    • Unknown
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development
    • This is a photograph of Lizard Acres, the future site of the Sun City West development. Silage storage buildings on site of what is now Sun City West.
    • Lizard Acres - Spurlock & Wetzler Feed Lot

    • Lizard Acres - Spurlock & Wetzler Feed Lot
    • Unknown
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • Lizard Acres sign. Lizard Acres was the name of the Spurlock & Wetzler Feed Lot located where Sun City West is now. The Lizard Acres sign was at Dysart and Grand Avenues. In the 1940's, R. S. Spurlock and J. C. Wetzler of Holbrook, Arizona, were...
    • Lizard Acres sign

    • Lizard Acres sign
    • Unknown
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • This Lizard Acres sign remains along the Santa Fe RR tracks along Grand Avenue, 1/2 mile north of Bell Road.
    • Photo 80 of 105 aerial photos documenting construction of Sun City West.

    • Photo 80 of 105 aerial photos documenting construction of Sun City West.
    • Del E. Webb Construction Company
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • By April 1985, construction had begun in the last neighborhood of Sun City West to the lower right of the photo. El Mirage Road runs north to south on the west perimeter of the community. Area to the south of Bell Road is still largely...
    • Plan for Sun City West presented in 1975 by Del E. Webb Construction Company

    • Plan for Sun City West presented in 1975 by Del E. Webb Construction Company
    • Del E. Webb Construction Company
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • The plan for Sun City West announced by John Meeker in January 1975 envisioned a city built in two phases. Phase I, today's Sun City West, would consist of the land east of Grand Avenue and north of Bell Road. It was estimated that Phases I and II...
    • R. H. Johnson Recreation Center nearing completion.

    • R. H. Johnson Recreation Center nearing completion.
    • Del E. Webb Construction Company
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • This photograph, taken in April 1979, is the last of 11 aerial photos taken by the Del E. Webb Construction Company recording the construction of the R. H. Johnson Recreation Center. Hillcrest Golf Course is on the right of the Center. R. H....
    • Sun City West - aerial view of construction

    • Sun City West - aerial view of construction
    • Del E. Webb Construction Company
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • By April 1986, Sun City West was nearing completion, although it would be another 18 months before the project was completed. The Del E. Webb Construction Company recorded their progress on building this new retirement community by taking a series...
    • Sun City West as it looked in 1981

    • Sun City West as it looked in 1981
    • Del E. Webb Construction Company
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • This photo, taken in April 1981, shows how Sun City West was developing. Many homes were in place. The Hillcrest Golf Club is visible on the top left of the photo. Bell Road runs along the bottom of the photo with R. H. Johnson Boulevard running...
    • Sun City West beginning to take shape  - Photo 13 of 105

    • Sun City West beginning to take shape - Photo 13 of 105
    • Del E. Webb Construction Company
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • This is the 13th of 105 photos recording the construction of Sun City West. The photos were taken monthly by the Del E. Webb Construction Company. The job began 2/15/78. The last photo is dated 10/9/87.
    • Sun City West construction with Bell Road bridge washout

    • Sun City West construction with Bell Road bridge washout
    • Del E. Webb Construction Company
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • This is one of a series of 105 photographs showing the building of Sun City West. The photos were taken monthly between 2/15/1978 and 10/9/1987 by the Del E. Webb Construction Company. In this photograph, taken 4/3/80, the washed out bridge over...
    • Sun City West development - The project begins

    • Sun City West development - The project begins
    • Del E. Webb Construction Company
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • This is the first in a series of 105 aerial photographs taken by the Del E. Webb Construction Company documenting the development of Sun City West. Photos are labeled as "Job 4290" with a start date of 2/15/1978. This photo was taken 4/3/1978 and...
    • Sun City West Grounbreaking Ceremony

    • Sun City West Grounbreaking Ceremony
    • Unknown
    • Sun City West, Arizona; Construction -- Planning; Development;
    • Groundbreaking for Sun City West was attended by Del E. Webb Construction Company (DEVCO) employees and dignitaries. From left, John Meeker, DEVCO President; Senator Dennis DeConcini; Hank Raymond, DEVCO Vice-President; J. G. Boswell; and Arizona...

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