Sierra Vista, Arizona History

This is a 1942 oil on canvas painting by William E. Scott that measured 50 inches by 113 inches. Mr. Scott was the artist who painted the same image as a 120 foot mural with the same theme "New Peace With Victory" inside the Fry Army Recreation Center, also known as The Green Top. The GT was dedicated on March 27, 1943. Image provided by David Simpson.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Circa 1959........

    ........The Green Top apartments, launderette and drive-in Cafe. Opened their doors on March 27, 1943 and was demolished in 1962 to make room for McLellan's that opened on August 1963.  Image provided by David Santor.

The Gate Cafe........

    ......located next to The Service Club. One of the few places to get a home cooked meal in those days. Circa late 1940s - 1950s.

The Gate Cafe menu........

                      Date: unknown. Courtesy Dona Rogers.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

1960 Geronimo Drive-In Theater

  ....... alot of dirt roads back in those days. Canyon Drive and Theater Drive were paved on May 1961. Courtesy Norm and Kim Dunn / Henry Hauser Museum.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mid 1940s...... of Sherbunby's Canteen Drug Store. Paul Wolfe and Fred Whitton had the Gate Theater (Smoke Shop building) built in early 1942 and soon after they built The Canteen, a package liquor store. When the war was over, Paul Wolfe sold his interest to his partner Fred Whitton, then Fred Whitton sold the Canteen to Clarence Sherbundy. The new business became Sherbundy's Canteen Drug Store. In 1957 the Canteen was sold to Homer Welch and the building  became Sierra Drug. I suggest on checking out Virginia Sherbundy Rogers' Oral History on DVD, contact the Henry Hauser Museum for more information.Henry Hauser Museum photo.

Monday, October 20, 2014

1954..... shows what the west side looked like in '54. The Star Army Store would expand and in the mid-60s it would become Lee Martin Mens Store. Henry Hauser Museum photo.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


...looking west towards the main gate. The sidewalk on the left that is visible is for the Service Club. Mac's Bent Elbow would become The Sorry Gulch Saloon, the Gate Theater building became The Smoke Shop and Sherbunby's Canteen became Sierra Drug and later it was Snow White Appliance and TV and Snow White Launderette and now it is known as Bloom Country Florist. Post card image provided by David Simpson.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fry Army Recreation Center dedicated on March 27, 1943.....

 .....a silent partner and contributor for the rec center, Heavy Weight Champion Joe Louis Barrow  made an appearance for the dedication. Photos courtesy April 3, 1943 Bisbee Daily Review.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


    Close up view of the Fry Recreation Center, left, shows just how big the "dome" actually was in comparison to  the larger vehicles (buses) that were parked at the Green Top. The GT Apartment building is on the right. Henry Hauser Museum photo.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

1943 Fry, AZ

Aerial view of Fry, AZ shows a rare image, a little blurry, of the new Fry Recreation Center aka The Green Top. Courtesy Henry Hauser Museum.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Early 60s...

Neighborhood kids pose, with their books they received in Bible Study, in the backyard of Willie Mae Williams' (back row, with glasses) home on 10 W. Whitton St.. Courtesy The Bellantoni Family.