Wickenburg Historical Preservation Society – Wickenburg History

The Wickenburg Historical Preservation Society conducts research on Wickenburg history and provides education and information concerning the history of the Town of Wickenburg and its vicinity.  The Wickenburg Historical Preservation Society acquires, manages, and improves historical sites in the community, and works in conjunction with other civic organizations to preserve, protect, and interpret the history of the community.  Once acquired, our goal is to educate the public about the importance of these sites and to make these historic properties accessible to the community.

The Wickenburg Historical Preservation Society Board of Directors includes:

  • Cindy Thrasher – President
  • Dan Doom – Vice President
  • Tina Wuerthele – Secretary
  • Susie Roberts – Treasurer
  • Skip Blunt – Director
  • Nadean Pearl – Director
  • Barbara McArthur – Director
  • Dave Echeverria – Director
  • Ben Ruoti – Director

The Wickenburg Historical Preservation Society was established in 2001, at the request of Mayor Larry Roberts. Mayor Roberts and Cindy Thrasher were the Incorporators for the organization.  The purpose for forming was to restore and preserve Henry Wickenburg’s former home.  The town purchased the historic property from the Boetto Estate in 2000.  Work began to hire historic architect, Bill Otwell and then to begin the National and State Historic Registry process.  The Henry Wickenburg home was placed on the National Registry in 2006 and that same year, the Wickenburg Historical Preservation Society bought the house and 1.86 acres of land, from the Town of Wickenburg at auction, for $1,000.

The house has received grants from the Willik Foundation, AZ State Parks Heritage Fund, and the Town of Wickenburg.  The Henry Wickenburg Home has been the recipient of the Govenor’s Award, the AZ State Parks Heritage Fund Award, and the “Project of the Year” award bestowed upon the project by Arizona State Parks.

The Wickenburg Historical Preservation Society also acquired the Henry Wickenburg Pioneer Cemetery from the Town of Wickenburg on April 4, 2011, and placed it upon the National and State Historic Registry with the help of Dr. Patricia Olson, Senior Architect, Office of the Architect, ASU.  The cemetery was once part of Henry Wickenburg’s original homestead.

The Henry Wickenburg Home is open from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during Gold Rush week.  On Saturday, after the parade, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Tours are available by appointment by calling 928-684-5603 or by chance.