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National Parks Store: Rattlesnake Queen


Join presenter Roxy Johnson as she tells the story of her parents, homesteaders Jim and Catherine Reidy.

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Join presenter Roxy Johnson as she tells the story of her parents, homesteaders Jim and Catherine Reidy. In 1912, Jim Reidy moved with his parents from New York City to southern Arizona as a nine-year-old boy. In 1924, Catherine Chapman took the train to Tucson from southern Illinois as a young woman. Jim and Catherine met at church in Tucson and in 1927 were married.

Catherine was very interested in the birds and wildlife in the surrounding desert. A local homesteader taught Catherine how to tan and cure rattlesnake skins. The skins were used to make wallets, belts, hat bands, vests and other items. The business continued to grow, and Catherine became known as “The Rattlesnake Queen of Arizona– after a Movie Tone News reel was made and shown in theaters all over the world.

Presentations at 12 PM & 2 PM.



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Event Tags: animals, Arizona, free, history, presentation, Sonoran Desert, the West, Tucson

Date:
Wednesday, September 14
Time:
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Place:
The National Parks Store
12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85755 United States
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Contact:
520-622-6014
Cost:
Free
To reserve seats, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.

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