Scottsdale Historical Museum is a draw for history buffs and Chicago Cubs fans - photos, artifacts, and spring training memorabilia
Little Red Schoolhouse
In the center of its downtown, a one-time little red schoolhouse is plied into service to capture your imagination into pondering how this patch of desert became Scottsdale.
This one-room is now partitioned into several spaces packed with photos, memorabilia, and personality oozing artifacts from antique barber poles to frying pans.
Scott of Scottsdale
You learn there really was an eponymous man named Scott—a former Army Chaplain and Civil War Veteran, who was darn good at promoting the possibilities for this patch of desert. Come to plant apricots, oranges and peaches, he said. And they did, buying land for about $2.50 per acre, and making use of the canal systems created by the ancient Hohokam tribe.
This writer could stare at the photo of an early tent house for hours. From a wood floor, wooden walls came up about 1/3 the way and the wall remainder was made of canvas that could be rolled up or down to let in breezes or keep out heat. It wasn’t called passive cooling, but that was clearly the aim.
Perhaps the most astounding historical note in this sprawling suburban feel city is the one that recorded a 1951 Scottsdale land mass of one square mile and a population of 1,200.
That this tasty little morsel of a museum is on the National Registry of Historic Places might be a draw for the non-Cubs fans of the world. But for those imagining a baseball styled repeat of Bulls history, it’s the spring training memorabilia, a changing exhibit, that SHOUTS for your attention.
Wednesday through Saturday during these months and times:
September 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
October through May 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sundays Noon – 4:00 p.m., September through May
CLOSED JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST
CLOSED HOLIDAYS - Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day.
7333 East Scottsdale Mall