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Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is located in beautiful and scenic Queen Creek Canyon, three miles west of Superior. This is about an hours drive into the desert from Phoenix. The developer and philanthropist William Boyce Thompson established the Southwestern Arboretum in the mid-1920’s. The inspiration to create an arid-region arboretum sprang from a lifetime of fervent interest in things botanical, horticultural, and natural. Colonel Thompson made his fortune in mining stocks and spent many years on Wall Street. He made his first million dollars by 1906 and the following year purchased Magma Mine in Superior, Arizona which is only a few miles from the Arboretum .At the beginning of World War I, he was beginning to enter into politics, which he saw as a way to enhance his Wall Street standing. However, the war drove him more into national politics, and in 1917, Thompson was sent by the Wilson administration to Russia. To give him proper “credentials,” he was sent as a Lt. Colonel in the American Red Cross. The overriding objective of the Wilson administration was to assure that Russia would stay in the war, and not negotiate a separate peace with Germany. A long struggle to keep the Bolsheviks from power eventually resulted in perhaps a delay of from one month to six weeks and was thought by many after the war to have been a major factor in the winning of World War I.
The Arboretum was the first purely botanical institution in Arizona . However, to further goals held in common, Boyce Thompson Arboretum entered into a management agreement with the University of Arizona in the mid 1960’s. This agreement was expanded to include Arizona State Parks in 1976, in recognition of the great recreational, educational, and historical significance of the Arboretum to the people of Arizona.

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