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Historic Castle Hot Springs Resort Going on Auction Block

Castle Hot Springs Resort, as seen in the March 1974 issue of Arizona Highways

Castle Hot Springs Resort, as seen in the March 1974 issue of Arizona Highways

In March 1974, Arizona Highways featured Castle Hot Springs Resort, north of Phoenix. Writer Margaret Dudley Thomas called it “the grand dowager of Arizona’s resorts”:

It remains an island of lush green, placid in its surroundings of ranches and gold mine properties, a spot where one can “listen to the quiet.” The only sound to break the stillness is the endless soft murmur of hot, clear spring water gushing down the mountainside flumes pool to pool, the lifeblood of the resort, or an occasional call of quail.

These waters have drawn thousands through the years to be refreshed — first the Apaches who guarded the site carefully as their “Magic Waters” — then the white men. …

Those who follow the well-worn path uphill to the springs to indulge in relaxing massages or soak up the beneficial warmth of pools that range from 125 degrees to 105 degrees, walk in the same path used by the Apaches and early guests.

Just two years later, though, a fire destroyed the main building of the resort, which had been open since 1896. Shuttered since the fire, the property is now going up for auction, according to The Arizona Republic. While the main building is gone, the resort still features its swimming pool, tennis courts, administrative building and guest house — along with the springs, which still produce 180,000 gallons of hot water a day.

The property went on and off the real-estate market for several years; at one point, it was listed for $5.7 million. Bidding for the auction, though, starts at just $500,000, of which $50,000 is due as a deposit before the February 27 auction. So, if you happen to have that kind of money lying around, you could own a piece of Arizona history. For more information, contact CBRE Auction Services.


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Help Raise $$$ for the Sumatran Tiger Experience at The Phoenix Zoo

Courtesy of the Phoenix Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers

Every year, members from the Phoenix Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers host their annual auction to raise funds for animal conservation efforts and zookeeper education. This year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Phoenix Zoo and the new Sumatran Tiger Experience. This $3 million, state-of-the-art enclosure will allow the zoo to house up to six Sumatran tigers. Found only on the island of Sumatra, Sumatran tigers are a rare subspecies of tigers and, reportedly, there are fewer than 400 of these beautiful animals left.

So, if you’re looking for a great cause to support, consider this your “save the date.” This Sunday, September 23, come on out and hit up this year’s auction, which will be held at The Stonehouse Pavilion at The Phoenix Zoo. The event starts at 5 p.m. and attendees can expect a silent and live auction (think animal themed items, restaurant and store gift cards, wine gift baskets, sporting memorabilia and museum admission passes), a raffle, door prizes, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/phoenixaazk  or  www.phoenixaazk.org


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