Willis E. Barnum Hill

In Gene C. Reid Park, the waterfall-graced hill dividing the park's paddle-boat lake from its fishing lake is named Barnum Hill. This hill was named for Willis E. Barnum in 1993. Barnum helped found Gene C. Reid (formerly Randolph) Park.

In the mid-1920s, Tucson wanted to buy land for a new park, but could not afford the then-princely sum of $14,896.  Barnum, bought the parcel, and turned it over to the city via a long-term purchase agreement.

Barnum is also the namesake of Barnum Rock on Mt. Lemmon in the Santa Catalina mountains. During the 1920s Barnum Rock was used as a fire lookout by Boy Scouts who volunteered to help the Forest Service.

Sources:

“History under the shade trees.” Arizona Daily Star. July 27, 1993. Page A8.

“Wrapping up 1993." Arizona Daily Star. January 1, 1994. Page D1.

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