Tour Some History Down South

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The Lasch House, a two-story home, which includes a labyrinth, is part of the 2011 Superior Home Tour this weekend.

The annual Superior Home Tour is Jan. 29 and Jan. 30.

Superior’s home tour gives visitors a chance to explore the mining community, a small town with an eclectic art scene and nearly a dozen restaurants surrounded by rugged volcanic geology.

Mesa singer-songwriter Jim Pipkin is a featured entertainer both days next weekend during the annual Superior Home Tour, offering live concerts in Besich Park near the downtown blocks of this historic copper-mining community less than an hour’s drive due east of Mesa on Highway 60.

This year offers bargains: $10 home tour tickets ($8 if purchased in advance) include a free ride on the Copper Spike excursion train in the nearby city of Globe, and allow ticket-holders a discount on admission at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum just west of Superior.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Superior Chamber of Commerce at (520) 689-0200 or from Sue Anderson at (602) 625-3151.

Homes on this year’s tour include the two-story Lasch House (which includes a labyrinth) and also the Chagnon/Neinaber home, formerly Mitchell’s clothing store and now a “delightful artsy home” according to home tour organizer Sue Anderson. The Statler house is another tour stop, one that incorporates insulation using foam blocks and built green years before LEED standards were adopted.

Other home tour highlights include history lectures both days by East Valley author Jack San Felice, who wrote the book “When Silver Was King,” about Superior’s early mining days. Phoenix author Sam Lowe (published over many years in The Arizona Republic) will be signing copies of his books, visitors are invited to explore the Bob Jones Museum, and the downtown art show will feature an eclectic selection of local artists and also the famous Mata Ortiz potters from Mexico, craft their famous pottery and firing pots on the spot.

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