Arizona Bicentennial Commission
Mr. John H. Eversole, Chairman February 14, 1974
Arizona Bicentennial Commission
1807 North Central Avenue Suite 108
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Re: Soza Ranch State Park (Proposed)
Dear Mr. Eversole:
Thanks to your Commission and to your Mr. Giss for the reply dated
January 10, 1974.
In response to the fourth paragraph of your letter, it is respectfully
requested that the proposed "Soza Ranch State Park" be
officially recognized and added to the list of forty activities
already officially recognized by the State Commission.
The "Soza Ranch State Park (proposed) will be a function that
the Soza / Soza Fund will accomplish under the national theme of
Heritage '76. The Soza / Sosa Fund will endeavor to acquire five
sections, namely Sections 28-29-30-31-32, Range 19 East, Township
12 South, G&SRBM. The Redington, Arizona 15 minute topographic
map shows the Soza Ranch, Soza Wash, Soza Canyon, Soza Mesa, and
section 28 is the site of the family burial grounds with ten graves.
The Soza / Sosa Fund came into being for the purpose of (raising)
and donating $5,000.00 to the Tucson Heritage Foundation, so that
a room in the Casa del Gobernador would be named in honor of the
original builder of the "CASA" at Tucson.
Because the Soza / Sosa families in Arizona are also a bicentennial
family, whose founder was inventoried at the Tubac Presidio on August
1774, and travelled to Tucson when the presidio was moved to Tucson;
these are the reasons why we seek to create for all Arizonans, a
bicentennial state park, on the site of a ranch and area originally
settled by my family in the early 1870's. A U.S. Geological map
dated 1879 shows two Sosa domiciles.
Believing very firmly in the fairness and justice of the project
we seek to create, we respectfully request official sanctioning
by your State Commission.
Because the project has been endorsed by the Tucson Heritage Foundation,
the Arizona Historical Society, and the Arizona Academy of Science,
thru the Arizona State Parks Board, has visited the area, and have
deemed the area as worthy of preservation for historical, ecological,
archaeological, and cultural reasons. Haste has been urged by us
upon Arizona State Parks Board and the Arizona State Historic Preservation
Officer, because of our fear that the area will (be) altered thru
fast approaching land development. We have specifically requested
that the family burial grounds, and remaining ruins be protected.
All this material is a matter of record with the Arizona State Parks
Board, Arizona State Land Commissioner, and Senator Barry Goldwater
whose help we have solicited. We will now seek the additional help
of Governor Jack Williams, and Congressman John J. Rhodes.
With your indulgence, copies of this request for official sanctioning
of the Soza State Park, as a bicentennial project for all Arizonans,
are being sent the following:
Mr. Sidney B. Brinckerhoff Arizona Historical Society
Mrs. Emery C. Johnson Tucson Heritage Foundation
Mr. Dennis McCarthy Arizona State Parks Board
Senator Barry Goldwater United States Senate
Congressman John J. Rhodes U.S. House of Representatives
Governor Jack Williams Governor of Arizona
Mr. Andrew L. Bettwy Commissioner, Arizona State
Bureau of Land Management
In closing we extend our very best wishes for a very successful
bicentennial year for all your activities.