Apache Junction centennial celebration begins to take shape

The area in and around Apache Junction once was known by a different name, a word that rhymes with iceberg. It was “Youngsberg,” starting with a Phoenix mayor’s last name. Another spelling — “Youngberg” without the “s” — can be seen in Google maps of northeast Pinal County for the area near Goldfield Ghost Town. […]

Founders Day: Apache Junction volunteers needed to plan 100-year jubilee

Volunteers are needed for a committee planning Founders Day events throughout 2022 honoring the 100-year anniversary of the naming of Apache Junction. George Cleveland Curtis on Aug. 21, 1922, started a business at Apache Trail and the Globe-Phoenix Highway, and came up with Apache Junction. The area was previously known as Youngsberg Junction, named after […]

Apache Junction historian Tom Kollenborn, 80, dies

Apache Junction resident, historian and author Tom Kollenborn has died, according to a release from the city. “The Apache Junction area has lost a local legend with the passing of Tom Kollenborn,” Apache Junction Mayor Jeff Serdy said in the release. “He leaves behind a void that cannot be filled by another person but thankfully we […]

What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on March 4, 1971?

The top news stories for the March 4, 1971, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: Some 10,000 to 15,000 people lined the parade route at the seventh-annual Lost Dutchman Days; and a staff sergeant stationed at Davis-Monthan Field in Tucson died at a hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after […]

What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Feb. 25, 1971?

The top news stories for the Feb. 25, 1971, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: It’s Lost Dutchman Days Feb. 26-28, with a horse picnic and burro derby. Also, verified by the U.S. Weather Bureau in Phoenix, a small tornado bounced and skipped through Apache Junction Feb. 16, pulling off […]

The Dutchman’s Window Arch

In a gulch in the Superstition Mountains, the location of which is described by certain landmarks, there is a two-room house in the mouth of a cave on the left side of the slope near the gulch. Just across gulch, about 200 yards, is a tunnel, covered up and concealed in the bushes. Here is […]

What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Feb. 18, 1971?

The top news stories for the Feb. 18, 1971, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: A member of the Arizona Mountaineering Club’s Rescue Division fell 20 feet to a ledge in the Superstition Mountains and needed to be airlifted by a Williams Air Force Base helicopter to safety. Did you […]

What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Feb. 11, 1971?

  The top news stories for the Feb. 11, 1971 Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: Better late than never, entries for all events are being received by the chamber of commerce for the Lost Dutchman Days, from the burro derby to the treasure hunt. Also, groundbreaking ceremonies were held […]

What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Feb. 4, 1971?

The top news stories for the Feb. 4, 1971 Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: A massive search effort in and around Apache Junction resulted in the capture of two dangerous convicts who escaped from the Arizona State Prison at Florence. Also, the Mesa Optimist Club will sponsor a western […]

What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Jan. 27, 1971?

The top news stories for the Jan. 28, 1971 Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce is making it easy for anyone who wants to enter the Lost Dutchman Days Burro Derby by loaning burros at no cost. Also, a Mesa school psychologist will speak […]