Jim Turner, a historian, retired professor, author and editor, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, Jan. 18 meeting of the Rio Rico Historical Society.

Turner’s talk and PowerPoint presentation, “There’s Gold in Arizona! Strikes and Hoaxes from the 1850s to the 1910s,” will detail Arizona’s mining history from the first strikes on the Colorado River in the 1850s to Buffalo Bill’s “salted” mine in the 1910s.

Attendees should expect “plenty of big strikes, washouts, lost mines and hoaxes along the way – from Prescott’s Rich Hill to the Lost Dutchman, the Mine with the Iron Door and gold mining in Southern Arizona,” the historical society said.

Turner has been an instructor of Arizona history since 1976 and has worked for a number of institutions, including the University of Arizona, Pima Community College and the Arizona Historical Society. He has been an associate editor at Rio Nuevo Press since 2009. Learn more about him at at www.jimturnerhistorian.org.

The historical society meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the Rio Rico Community Center, 391 Avenida Coatimundi. Learn more about the Rio Rico Historical Society at www.rioricohistoricalsociety.org.

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