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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 Historic Essay Writing Contest.

2019 William H. Adler Historic Essay Writing Contest (click here for information)
Contest began November 5, 2018 and will end February 15, 2019

2018 William Adler Historical Expository Writing Contest Winners

The 2018 winners are:

*1) Who is Hank Leiber by Hailey Rawn
*1) Not Just a Baseball Player by Elijah Smith
2) Hohokam Sports and Our Sports Today by Jack Selleck
3) "Pusching" the Past to the Present: Exploring the Impact of Mathilda Pusch and her Ancestors on the Oro Valley Area by Lena Rosenbaum
Honorable Mention: Hank Leiber by Nevaeh Huffman


Oro Valley Historic Preservation Brochure

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

Oro Valley History - Videos