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  • Old Stone House, Bowen Trail in Tucson Mountain Park to be dedicated on June 20

    Jun 04, 2014 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors; Supervisor Richard Elías, District 5; and Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation will dedicate the Old Stone House, built in the 1930s by Sherry Bowen, and the Bowen Trail in Tucson Mountain Park on Friday, June 20.

    Bowen House todayThe dedication ceremony will be at 9 a.m. at the entrance to the trail, near JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. The Old Stone house is 0.8 miles from the trail entrance.

    Bowen brought his wife, Ruby, to Tucson from Rockford, Ill., in the late 1920s in hopes that the climate would improve her health. Bowen was a typesetter and later city editor at the Arizona Daily Star. The Bowens homesteaded in the Tucson Mountains and began living in a cabin there in 1931 while Bowen built the house of native stone. They expanded their claim to 2,000 acres.

    Ruby Bowen wrote for Desert Magazine of the Southwest. Her diary of her first year in the Tucson Mountains refers to the wildlife she saw, including javelina, deer and wild mountain sheep that came to the base of the cliffs nearly every evening to graze. She wrote that a mountain lion would pace about when she was cooking meat and once attempted to get in the window.

    The Bowens moved from Tucson to New York City in 1944 where Sherry Bowen worked for the Associated Press. Their homestead became part of Tucson Mountain Park in 1983.

    The Bowens’ daughter, Gloria, who was a professional ballerina in New York and now lives in Nevada, will be attending the ceremony.

    For more information about Pima County parks and trails, please visit the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation website.