Message #56
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'"


Date: Mon, 09 Feb 1998 
Subject: Ghost Town of Sasco Given to Salvation Army

[ AzTeC / SWA ] :

Ghost Town Given to Salvation Army

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- This donation was a little too big to fit
into one of the Salvation Army's usual gift receptacles. An
entire ghost town, the once-thriving desert mining community of
Sasco, has been given to Salvation Army chapters in Tucson and
El Paso, Texas. "Rarely does any charity get a million-dollar
gift -- much less the deed to a ghost town," said Greg Bodine,
director of planned giving for the Southern Arizona and El Paso
Salvation Army. The 120-acre site, about 35 miles north of
Tucson, is valued at $1.2 million. The town was founded in 1902
by the Southern Arizona Smelting Co., and the population
eventually peaked at 600 people. But by 1921, Sasco was already
considered a ghost town. Now, there's nothing left but crumbling
stone walls. It was given to the Salvation Army by Phillip Haas,
who made his money in real estate and cattle and has homes in
Tucson and El Paso. He bought it in 1955. "I just loved the area,"
he said. "The desert is just fascinating." Every chance he had, he
"took a drive up there to see the flowers blooming in the spring,"
he said. "To me it was like a collector's item." Haas has survived
two heart attacks and undergone heart surgery. "I thought maybe
it's time to get rid of some stuff," he said Friday. Bodine said
the Salvation Army plans to sell the town, turning it into money
for the Tucson and El Paso chapters. "We are hoping some
entrepreneur might see it as a tourist attraction," he said.