Picture Rocks Pride

Volume 5, Number 7 August, 2007

Welcome to the Picture Rocks Digest, a free newsletter about issues and events in the community. The print version of this all-volunteer publication is distributed at area businesses and community sites. If you have calendar events or news items, or if you would like to be added to our email list, please contact us at PictureRocksDigest@comcast.net.

The Picture Rocks Digest is a publication of Citizens for Picture Rocks, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(4) civic organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the community. Citizens for Picture Rocks meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road. Meetings are free and open to the public. The next meeting is August 21, 2007. Everyone is welcome to attend — membership not required, but highly recommended! 

Next Regular Monthly Meeting will be

Picture Rocks Community Center
5615 N. Sanders Road

Guest speaker: Tom Evans,
Tucson Electric Power Company,
on monsoon season safety.

Also Scheduled to Speak:
Lt. Scott Martin, Commander
Tucson Mountain District Sheriff's Station

Iced tea social time begins at 6:30 p.m.
Meetings are free and open to all neighbors.


The Draft General Management Plan for Saguaro National Park, 382 pages long, is open for comment. Park representatives will present information and solicit comments at the Picture Rocks Intermediate School, 5875 N. Sanders Road, on Wednesday, September 5, between 4 and 7 p.m. Comment can also be made online by clicking here.

Of particular interest to most Picture Rocks residents are plans for Picture Rocks Road. The Plan states that there is no effort to close the road, as had existed in an earlier General Management Plan.

Under the Park's Preferred Alternative 2 (Alternative 1 being to leave everything as it is), there would be traffic calming approaches starting with the least impact, like lower speed limits, speed signs to show your vehicle's speed, rumble strips, and pullouts. If those did not reduce speeding and ensure Park visitor safety, roundabouts and speed bumps could be added, up to and including Park kiosks to stop traffic and collect Park fees. Construction of these devices might shift traffic to Kinney and Twin Peaks Roads, which the Park would prefer.

While many residents of Picture Rocks might agree that speeding and unsafe driving are a problem on Picture Rocks Road, the Park states that most public input is in favor of reducing traffic or closing roads. This is our last chance to let them know what we think.


Driving west on Rudasill Road to the schools, pool or community center, you may have noticed some crumbling adobe walls to the south of the road. These, and some concrete foundations, are the ruins of the Civilian Conservation Corps' Camp Pima, which contained 32 frame and adobe buildings and was open from December 1933 to June 1941.

foundation Wall
Wall The remains of a 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps camp can be seen from Rudasill Road between Sandario and Sanders Roads.

The CCC was set up early in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "New Deal" to help rescue the nation from the deep economic depression that followed the collapse of the stock market. With more than 25 percent of the workforce unemployed, the government became the employer of last resort to provide jobs and get wages circulating in the economy.

The Civilian Conservation Corps put three million young men and thousands of young women to work on environmental conservation jobs, not in competition with the private sector, that included fighting fires, reforestation, erosion control, trail and dam building, and building the ramadas and picnic areas at many national parks, including Saguaro.

There is an entry point for hikers on Sanders Road, just south of Rudasill. There is no formal trail, but it's an easy walk of less than a half-mile on flat ground to the ruins. Do watch where you step to avoid critters that call the area home. Please remember that anything over 50 years old is legally considered to be an artifact and is therefore protected. What looks like rusty trash is part of an archaeological record that should not be disturbed.


barrel cactus The blossoms on the fishhook barrel cacti will soon ripen into fruit. barrel cactus


A new Resource Guide available from the Pima County Sheriff's Department is chock full of information, including phone numbers for assistance in many law-related areas. Here are a few of the listings that might be useful to our community:

To view the complete Guide online, click here.

The Picture Rocks Digest is written by Albert Lannon (email: bluemoon@dakotacom.net; phone: 622-3561). Additional materials and formatting by Karen Zopf. Distribution of the print version is thanks to Jim Pethe.