THE OLD STONE HOUSE

 

The Old Stone House is located just off of the David Yetman Trail in the Tucson Mountains.  Sherry Bowen, a typesetter and later city editor for the Arizona Daily Star, built it of native stone in the early 1930s.  The Bowens had lived in Rockford, Illinois but moved to Tucson in the late twenties with the hope that the change in climate would help Ruby Bowen’s serious heart condition.  The Bowens first lived in Tucson but soon decided to homestead in the Tucson Mountains.  They moved to the homestead in 1931 and lived in a cabin while the house was being built. The Bowens eventually expanded their claim to 2000 acres.

 

Ruby Bowen kept a diary of her first year in the Tucson Mountains.  The diary makes several references to the wildlife that existed in the area including javelina, deer, wild horses and sheep that would come down from the cliffs every evening to graze in the valley.  She even mentions a mountain lion that would come near the house when she was cooking meat and that one time attempted to get in a window.

 

The Bowens left Tucson in 1944 and moved to New York City where Sherry Bowen            worked for the Associated Press.  The valley and their homestead became part of Tucson Mountain Park in 1983.

 

 

Summary prepared from the Tucson Hiking Guide written by Betty Leavengood.  Photographs by T. Johnson

 

Additional Material: GVHC Library File 73