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Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources

Archive photo of an old Steam Pump Ranch building and water tower.

The purpose of Oro Valley's Historic Preservation Program is to facilitate public knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the Town’s historic past, promote better awareness of its architectural and cultural history, and foster civic and neighborhood pride so that future generations will have the opportunity to appreciate and understand Oro Valley's unique cultural heritage.

Oro Valley's efforts to preserve its history is documented each year in an annual report.

The Historic Preservation Commission provides the historic perspective and review for the Town of Oro Valley and meets monthly to provide input and direction. The Oro Valley Historic Preservation Commission sponsors the annual William H. Adler Historical Writing Contest.

2020 William H. Adler Historical Writing Contest (click here for information)
Contest begins November 1, 2019 and ends February 14, 2020

2019 William Adler Historical Writing Contest Winners

The 2019 winners are:

1st Place Evan Santiago – Innovation Academy K-5 STEM School
2nd Place Cody Wright – Innovation Academy K-5 STEM School (tie)
2nd Place Jack Pletnick – Painted Sky K-5 School (tie)
3rd Place Camri Whitaker – Innovation Academy K-5 STEM School


Oro Valley Historic Preservation Brochure

Read the cultural and historic resources guide to learn more about Oro Valley’s history.

Oro Valley History - Videos