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Lecture – The Great Brown’s Ranch Land War at Mustang Library

All hell broke loose when, in February 1947, Ellsworth Edwin Brown – known as “Big Brownie” around Scottsdale – purchased 27,000 acres of land in northwestern Arizona with the intention of exchanging it for 16,000 acres of public land adjoining Brown’s Ranch. Before the dust settled two years later, the conflict over Big Brownie’s planned exchange sucked in four United States Senators, the one and only Arizona Congressman, three federal bureau directors, one presidential cabinet member, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the state stockmen’s association, the CEO of the state’s largest bank, the founders of Carefree, several law firms, and 70 prominent local businessmen. If you hike the Preserve land north of Dynamite, you’ll appreciate the wild and wooly warfare, litigation and backstabbing that ultimately helped save that land for eventual acquisition by the City of Scottsdale.

Location: Mustang Library – 10101 N 90th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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