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 Steamboats on the Santa Cruz
In 1878 Col. Charles Skyes of San Francisco, mapped out a town site in Rio Rico's Calabasas area.  He than began to aggressively promote the land.  He used a brochure with drawings of a prosperous Calabasas community complete with steamboats docked at a busy Santa Cruz waterfront.  A prominent Tucsonan filed a libel suit when Sykes used his name to endorse the plan.  Skyes rebuffed charges of trickery.   Although Skyes did build a two-story hotel at the site, he later lost the land when a court found the 1844 land sale invalid.
"Rio Rico's land-scandal history finds parallel in 1800s." Arizona Daily Star.  September 18, 1994. Page B4



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