Governor-Elect Raul Castro
Honorable Raul Castro November 26, 1974
Governor-Elect of Arizona
220 East Speedway
Tucson, Arizona 85705
Re: The Soza Ranch State Park (Proposed)
Sections 28-29-30-31-32, T 12 S- R19E G&SRBM
For many months, I have been conducting a campaign thru the Arizona
State Parks Board, the Arizona State Land Commissioner, the U.S.
Department of the Interior, and the Arizona Bicentennial Commission,
endeavoring to establish the Soza Ranch State Park, as an Arizona
The project has received the endorsement of the Tucson Heritage
Foundation, and the Arizona Historical Society. Copies of their
endorsements are enclosed.
The Arizona State Parks Board has graciously responded to my letters,
and the matter was on the agenda for their July meeting, and a feasibility
study is being made. The Arizona State Highway Department has provided
me with aerial photograph of the ranch, and have taken note of the
family's burial grounds, in the event of future highway construction
in the area.
The Arizona State Land Commissioner has been requested to set aside
one grazing permit, and a portion of a second permit, thereby permitting
the immediate establishment of the Park. The United States Department
of the Interior have indicated that Section 28, the site of the
family burial grounds, can be acquired by the State of Arizona upon
The private sector of Sections 29-30-32 are owned by Mrs. Hope
Iselin Jones, and are administered by the Arizona Trust Company.
I have made several request to Mrs. Jones, suggesting the donation
of the former Soza Ranch to the Arizona State Parks Board, for the
above state purpose. My last request was directed to Mr. Walter
Lovejoy, Senior, who indicated that the ranch was being administered
as a court ordered trust.
Because I feel so strongly about the part my family has had in
Arizona development and history, and with an enviable 200 years
residence in Arizona, bridging several cultures; Arizona can draw
an identity and more accurately relate to the American Bicentennial
thru the creation of the Soza Ranch State Park.
I would be happy to come to Tucson at any time to acquaint you
more intimately with the project. Governor Jack Williams, in his
letter of May 23, 1974 suggest that the leadership of the Legislature
who will be established in January, should also be contacted. My
purpose in writing you, is to respectfully request adoption of our
project, and presentation of the same to the Legislature, thru your
We are in the process of setting in motion our plans for our family's
200 year Reunion, in Tucson, to coincide with Tucson's own bicentennial
birthday. Our fondest wish would be to have the Soza Ranch State
Park established as an expression of Arizona's sense of history,
and mark the celebration of two bicentennial events in Arizona history.
Enclosed are letters in support of the State Park, plus a map of
the Redington Quadrangle, showing the Soza Ranch, Soza Mesa, Soza
Canyon, and Soza Wash.
Looking forward to your favorable response and best wishes for
your success as Governor, I am
Mrs. Emery C. Johnson
Tucson Heritage Foundation
Mr. Sidney B. Brinckerhoff
Arizona Historical Society
Governor Jack Williams