The Pioneer Wing features artifacts from Cave Creek’s mining, military, settler and ranching days. The auditorium display includes textiles, oil paintings, jewelry and sculptures.
During Cave Creek’s early Pioneer period, easterners and Europeans were drawn west in search riches, individual freedom, adventure and prosperity. Mining, military service and ranching shaped those early Pioneer days.
Mining, especially for gold, became a focal point of central Arizona history. In 1863 Henry Wickenburg discovered what proved to be the richest strike in Arizona and formed the famous Vulture Mine. Prospectors, buoyed by discoveries, began to venture eastward and set up mining camps all the way to Cave Creek.