History of Catalina State Park by Jim Williams


Myrna Simms

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, come hear historian Jim Williams speak about the early settlers in Catalina and describe events leading up to the creation of Catalina State Park in 1982.

Jim is not only a noted historian and President of the Oro Valley Historical Society, but also an experienced hiker.

He will share with us his research regarding the founding of the park and information on the early hiking trails and how they came to be developed. Many of the early trails are a bit different than the ones that exist today. There will be maps to illustrate these differences. Jim has a B.A. in History from Ursinus College and an M.A. in Government from Lehigh University. He is a former Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator in Pennsylvania and is currently writing a history of Oro Valley.

Residents of SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch are invited to attend the meeting at the HOA One Activity Center at 4:00 p.m. on January 17, 2018. You do not need to be a member of the hiking club to come! Following the talk, participants are encouraged to meet for happy hour at the Agave Lounge in the SaddleBrooke Clubhouse. For more information about the hiking club please contact Myrna Simms at medicinetp@gmail.com or call 517-488-8644.