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The Cave Creek Museum has revealed plans for a veterans memorial garden that will be part of its botanical garden.

According to Evelyn Johnson, Executive Director of the Cave Creek Museum, a fundraising campaign will result in a beautiful, moving, respectful and memorable gathering place that veterans and visitors alike will want to share.

“It’s in recognition of all who have served and those who will serve,” Johnson said. “Cave Creek Museum wishes to create a quiet space on our grounds for the reflection of those who have fought for our country across the generations; reflections on the lives changed by their actions; reflections on the serenity and peace procured by our great army; and thoughts of having days without destruction, turmoil and loss.

The garden will have six sections – one for each branch of the military – marked with flags. In the center, Cave Creek veterans and the unknown dead will be honored. Desert flora, flags and other reflective elements will weave through the garden. The museum will work with community partners to bring the project to life.

The project was inspired by May’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. This memorial was established in 1921 as a people’s memorial to honor unknown United States servicemen who died who have not been identified.

“This incredible garden will be created in honor of veterans,” Johnson said. “The Veterans Memorial Garden will be a peaceful and dignified place to reflect on veteran service, family history and the freedoms we enjoy today. We know this will be a point of pride for the community.

To donate, call 480-488-2764 or visit

Here is a sample of his other upcoming programs.

Desert Discovery Days

The Cave Creek Museum, in conjunction with Desert Foothills Land Trust, will host Desert Discovery Days at Jewel of the Creek from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 19.

Spur Cross, the jewel of the creek, is located at 40029 N. Spur Cross Road, Cave Creek.

“Arizona Scenic Drive and Hikes”

The Cave Creek Museum will feature Roger Naylor, author of “Arizona’s Scenic Road & Hikes” in its historic church from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, December 3.

Well-known Arizona author Naylor also wrote “Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers”; “Arizona Kicks on Route 66;” and “Death Valley: The Hottest Place on Earth”.

In his latest book, Naylor outlines Arizona’s 27 state-designated scenic and historic drives, including five National Scenic Drives. The writer, blogger and hiker shows off stunning rides, categorized by region, including start and end points, mileage, vibrant photos, full descriptions and suggestions on local places to eat and sleep. Naylor’s book has also been praised.

In 2018, he was inducted into the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame. Her previous book, Arizona State Parks, was also an award-winning. It received the 2020 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award as the best Arizona travel book.

Naylor is the official narrator of Verde Canyon Railroad.

The program is free for museum members. Adult non-members pay only $10, seniors pay $8, as do students 12 and older. Children under 12 are free. The cost also allows guests to access the museum’s wonderful exhibits. Tickets can be purchased at No cultural passes accepted. Reservations are strongly recommended.

The boys of 63

Cave Creek Museum will partner with Harold’s Corral and T2 Entertainment for a fundraising event featuring The Boys of ’63.

This show features four singers singing Billy Joel to Earth Wind and Fire. Tickets can be purchased at

The mission of the 52-year-old museum is to preserve artifacts of the prehistory, history, culture and heritage of the Cave Creek Mining District and the Cave Creek/Carefree Foothills region by through educational exhibits, research and interpretation.

Open October through May, the Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 E. Skyline Drive in Cave Creek. The museum can be reached at 480-488-2764 or


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