Sept. 12, 2013
Phoenix’s Pueblo Grande Museum will open an exhibit Oct. 25 of little-seen images of ghost towns of Arizona. The exhibit “Ghost Towns of Arizona: Photography of Kurt Wenner” features more than 40 photographs of Arizona ghost towns the photographer shot between 1996 and 2006.
Because most ghost towns in Arizona are unprotected and vulnerable to vandalism, looting, and the decay brought about by the elements and time, the exhibit provides rare glimpses of ghost towns when they were still relatively rich with clues and relics of past inhabitants. Though many of the places and structures in the images no longer survive, this exhibit strives to tell the story that not all history is written by people who live in big cities and. It presents history from the point of view of the small, personal places in towns that are and were less well known, much less frequented, and were inhabited for only a short time.
The exhibit will be on display at Pueblo Grande Museum through August 2014 and is included with general museum admission. The museum is located at 4619 E. Washington St., just minutes form Sky Harbor International Airport.
(Photograph by Kurt Wenner - 1996)