Wickenburg launches its annual Gold Rush Days festivities with a gun battle in the streets, after the mayor’s speech, and some other preliminaries that didn’t capture my attention. This is the 60th year of the party. One of the speakers said her family had settled there in 1857.
Like everywhere else along Highway 89, Wickenburg is changing fast. The highway is being rerouted around the town. New gated subdivisions going in north of town, new zoning rules in the works for keeping stock have the ranchers showing up at the last city council meeting. Lots at stake, namely an entire lifestyle, which means lots to fight about. Hopefully not with old-time weaponry in the streets.