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Phoenix in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Arizona's First Zoo

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, October 21, 2017
1. Arizona's First Zoo Marker
Inscription.  
This concrete trough was part of the E.A. Tovrea Memorial Zoo.

In June 1942, the Phoenix Gazette announced the opening of a zoo featuring Arizona wildlife. The small zoo housed bison (like the one pictured here) elk, deer, antelope, coyote, javalina, beavers and a variety of birds and fish. Operated by the Tovrea Packing Company, the zoo was founded as a tribute to Edward A. Tovrea, an early Phoenix industrialist.

By 1945, at the end of the second World War, the zoo had vanished. Likely causes include the zoo's then remote location, gas rationing, and downsizing in the Tovrea businesses.
 
Location. 33° 26.838′ N, 111° 59.074′ W. Marker is in Phoenix, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker is located on the grounds of Pueblo Grande Museum Archaeological Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4619 E Washington Street, Phoenix AZ 85034, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Papago Park's Military History (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hunt Bass Hatchery (approx. 1.8 miles away); George W. P. Hunt / Arizona's First Governor
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By Jason Voigt, October 21, 2017
2. Arizona's First Zoo Marker
(approx. 2.3 miles away); S. (Frenchy) Sawyer (approx. 2.6 miles away); Papago Park Prisoner Of War Camp (was approx. 2.8 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Hayden House (approx. 2.8 miles away); Site of Hayden's Ferry (approx. 2.8 miles away); Tempe Bakery/Hackett House (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phoenix.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2020. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 13, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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