Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
August 16, 1856 – August 22, 1921
Epes Randolph financed Tucson's premier hostelry, the Santa Rita Hotel (above) with Levi H. Manning in 1903. He also invested in banks, railroads, and mines across Arizona and Mexico, including the rich King of Arizona (KofA) gold mine near Yuma. A member of the state Board of Regents from 1919 to 1921, Randolph rose to honorary 33rd degree Mason and presided over Tucson's Old Pueblo Club.
Epes and his wife, Eleanor, moved to Tucson in 1895, when lung damage forced him to adopt a dry climate. Local superintendent of the Southern Pacific Railroad, Randolph gathered around him a host of bright, influential friends and soon dominated industry,, mining, and politics in Arizona. The couple grew to love Tucson and called it home for the rest of their lives.
Erected by City of Tucson.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is February 10, 1907.
Location. 32° 12.867′ N, 110° 55.106′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker is at the intersection of South Randolph Way and East Camino Campestre, on the right when traveling south on South Randolph Way. Marker is on the northwest corner,. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tucson AZ 85716, 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. El Conquistador Water Tower (approx. 0.4 miles Villa Catalina (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bicentennial Moon Tree (approx. 2.1 miles away); USS Arizona Mall Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); U.S.S. Arizona 1916 - Wilber L. "Bill" Bower U of A Outstanding Achievement Awards (approx. 2.3 miles away); Old Main (approx. 2.4 miles away); Cattle Tank (approx. 2.4 miles away); Does This Garden Seem Lush and Cool? (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
Regarding Epes Randolph. Epes Randolph originally came to Tucson to seek relief from respiratory problems, allegedly to have developed from having worked in high pressure diving gear while building a bridge across the Licking River at Covington, Kentucky.
Except for living for a short interval in Los Angeles - 1901-1904, and his times on the job near Yuma in 1906-1907 trying to get the Colorado River back where everyone wanted it to be, he spent the rest of his life in Tucson and he became active in many civic activities, including Freemasonry and the Elk's Club, and four times he was elected president of the Old Pueblo Club. Epes Randolph also served
Willis Barnum and his wife deeded a 480-acre parcel of land to create a city park in Tucson. Bounded by Country Club Road, Alvernon Way, Broadway and 22nd Street, the park was named in honor of Epes Randolph.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,697 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on December 12, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.