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Early Years of Sun City, Arizona

Published by Sun Cities Area (AZ) Historical Society

Sun City, AZ is the first active retirement community in the United States. As late as a month before Sun City's grand opening, the development still did not have a name, however that was by design. The Webb Construction Company, to ramp up publicity, had sponsored a nationwide contest to name the community. An ad was placed in the Saturday Evening Post, awarding a new home to the winner. More than 100,000 people came to see Sun City during its three-day weekend opening, which began on January 1, 1960. Del Webb, the owner of Webb Construction Company was featured on the cover of the Time magazine on August 3, 1962. A five page article on Del Webb, his company and Sun City were in the magazine.  

Home interior showcasing the living and dining area

Home interior showcasing the living and dining area


Arizona Memory Project