Book Signing Event

December 4, 2020

Cobre Valley Center for the Arts

4:00 pm to 7:00 p,

Hashbrowns, History & Hiking



Friday, January 10, 2020

8:15 AM - Presentation by Rick Powers
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM -Hiking Queen Creek Canyon Segment of LOST



Superior Arizona Chamber of Commerce (165 Main Street, Superior 



US 60 Million Dollar Highway

Old Toll Road/Murder & Mayhem (Presentation)



January 8, 2020 (6:30 pm)



Pueblo Grande Museum - Community Room (Phoenix)

Location: 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034



When: September 12, 2019 (1:30 pm)


What: Million Dollar Highway - US 60 History


Where: Old Dominion Days - Gila County Museum



Channel 10 FOX Drone Zone


When: 7/17/2019 (1:30 pm)  Recorded -  Aired 7/24/2019 (5:00 pm)


What: Drone Zone TV report on the US60 Pinto Creek and Queen Creek Historic Bridges


Where: Gila County Historical Museum - Aired Cnannel 10 News

First Friday at Bullion Plaza





May 3, 2019 (6:30 pm)


Murder and Mayham on the old Toll Road and the Pearl Hart Connection.


Bullion Plaza Museum


Globe Historic Home and Building Tour 2019


When: April 6 & 7, 2019


What: Hosting the Railroad History Museum and Selling Books


Where: Historic Globe Railroad Depot Complex

History US60 - April 12, 2019

History of US 60 and the Apache Trail

Friday April 12, 2019

Hash Browns, History and Hiking:


The third and final event in the 2019 series was held Friday, April 12, the topic for the event was  the History of US 60.  Rick Powers a local historian and retired engineer from the Arizona Department of Transportation, conducted this informative and entertaining talk.  Following the talk there was a guided hike on the Queen Creek Canyon segment of the LOST.



Globe Home Tour 2019




Sat, April 6, 9:30am – 2:30pm

Sun, April 7, 9:30am-2:00pm


Historic 1916 Globe RR Depot Building/Freight Office - Downtown Globe AZ


BOOK SIGNING & Guided Tours of Freight Station and Depot Building.

Phoenix Mensa Talk 2018

Greater Phoenix Mensa Forum - Paradise Valley AZ October 27, 2018.


Presentation on the History of Roosevelt Dam was given at Paradise Valley Town Hall.


Oracle Historical Society


Murder & Mayham along the Old Toll Road, Making of Legend Pearl Hart


Friday September 28th 2018 6:30 pm


Rick presented the history of the Florence- Globe toll road and the adventures that occured there in days past, including Pearl Hart's meeting with destiny.


Murder and Mayhem on the Old Toll Road - Legend of Pearl Hart


Rick's presentation at the 2018 Arizona History Conference in Tempe AZ.  Full house presentation also presenting was Bob Boz Bell.


April 28, 2018 (10:00am)

Ticket Anyone??

Host - 2018 Globe Home and Building Tour

Historic Railroad Freight Office


April 7 & 8 2018

Butterfield Overland Trail, Treacherous Travel from New Mexico to Arizona”

6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at the Bullion Plaza Museum.


Presented by local historian and author Rick Powers for the February First Friday lecture series sponsored by the Gila County Historical Society and the Bullion Plaza Museum. The proram was well attended.

Session Presentation by Rick

2017 Arizona/New Mexico Joint History Conference

Flagstaff AZ

April 20, 2017 (Little America)

"Treacherous Traval Along the BUtterfield Trail - Apache Pass Clash of Cultures" presentation.

Globe Historic Home & Building Tour 2017

April 8 & 9, 2017

Host of the 1916 Railroad Freight Office


Providing Tours and selling "Apache Trail" books

First Fridy Lecture

March 3, 2017 (6:30pm)

Bullion Plaza Museum


History of US Highway 60




Globe-Miami Home Tour 2016


Globe Railroad Freight Office Host

April 9 & 10, 2016.

Globe Home Tour 2015


Rick hosted the Globe Arizona Freight depot and Railroad History museum during Home Tour on April 11 and 12, 2015.  He also had copies of the Apache Trail book for sale.

Roads & Streets Conference 2015

April 2, 2015 - Westin La Paloma (Tucson Az)


Rick gave an interesting presentation on the Apache Trail GIS Inventoery and Histroic Documentation project completed in 2012.  The project received the national 2013 FHWA Environmental Excellence Award in the Geospatial Tools, Technology and Analysis category.

Costco Book Signing Event

November 22, 2014 (1-4 PM)


Great Event and good sales.

Costco Book Signing Event

June 14, 2014 Father's Day


A successful signing event at Costco, sold out of books.

Hard Scrabble Event

Feburary 19, 2014

History of Arizona"s Transportation System


"Rick Powers gave a presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6:30p.m. at Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum for the monthly "Hardscrabble" program. The title of this presentation is "Footpaths to Super Highways: Arizona Transporation History" This presentation examined the evolution of transportation from footpaths used by the Native Americans, through the development of wagon trails and the railroads, and on to the expansive superhighways of today."



November 29, 2013 Black Friday


Rick was at the Costco Strore on Sossoman Road from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm for a very successful book signing event.

JFK Presentations


November 13, 2013 (6:30pm) "JFK Assassination - 50 Years Later"

Globe-Miami Hardscrabble - Bullion Plaza Museum & Cultural Center

Rick gave a presentation on the JFK assassination, summarizing what happened that fateful day in Dallas and discuss some of the events leading up to the assassination.


Nov 22, 2013 - JFK Assassination 50th Anniversary

Rick gave a follow-up presentation on the JFK assassination at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts on the 50th anniversary November 22, 2013 (6:00 pm).  He explained why JFK went to Dallas, summarized his last few days, and presented some of the controversial conspiracy theories. 


Excellent Feedback on this extetensive and detailed presentation.


June 15, 2013 Costco Book Signing

Book Signing at COSTCO

June 15, 2013 (12:00 - 3:00 pm)


Rick was at the COSTCO on Sossaman Road in Mesa AZ, and signed books for customers.  Several excited people purchased the book.  It was a fun day!

Apr 2013 - AZ/NM Joint History Conference

2013 Arizona/New Mexico Joint History Conference


Rick was a featured speaker at the Joint Arizona/New Mexico Historical Society Annual Conference on Saturday April 20th (10:30 - 12:00noon) in Las Cruces NM.


Topic: "100-Year History of Arizona's Highway System"



Mar 2013 Roads and Streets Conference

2013 Roads & Streets Conference - Tucson AZ


Rick is gave a presentation on the "Navajo Transit System" on Thursday March 28 , 2013 (4:00 pm - 5:00 pm) at Starr Pass Conference Center in Tucson Arizona. Co-presenter is Mike Normand of ADOT.


Nov 2012 Costco Book Signing

November 24th, 2012 Book Signing Costco



Oct 2012 APWA Northern Branch Meeting



APWA Northern Arizona Branch Meeting Presentation


Rick presented the "History of Arizona's Transportation System" on Thursday October 11, 2012 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) at JB's in Show Low Arizona. 



Sep 2012 - WTS Presentation

WTS-Arizona Chapter Meeting Presentation


Rick made a special presention of the "History of Arizona's Transportation System" on Thursday September 6, 2012 at Sky Harbour Airport.  The event was well attend and appreciated by the attendees.

Book Signing @ COSTCO (June 16, 2012)

Rick assisted COSTCO at their Mesa Store by attending a book signing in honor of Father's Day and the Arizona Centennial.  The event was held from 1:00pm until 3:10pm when all the books were sold.

Globe Historical Society First Friday Lecture

Rick made presenting on the "History of Roosevelt Dam" Friday May 4th, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Bullion Plaza Museum in Miami.

AzTA Conference (Flagstaff AZ)

April  23 & 24, 2012


Rick made a presentation on the "History of Transportation and Public Transportation in Arizona," at the Arizona Transit Association (AzTA) meeting in Flagstaff at 2:30 pm on April 23rd.  The presentation was made with Eugene Caywood and Jim Dickey.

2012 - Roads And Streets Conference

In honor of Arizona's centennial Celebration, Rick gave a presentation "From Footpaths to Superhighwat the Roads and Streets conferenc on Thursday April 5th (9:00 am) at Starr Pass Conference Center in Tucson Arizona.  This session was very well attended.

2012 Spring ITE-IMSA Conference

Rick was the Closing speaker for this conference and received praise for his History of Transportation presentation on March 8th, 2012.

Hardscrabble Lecture Series - AZ Scenic Drives

Rick gave and exciting interactive presentation on Arizona's Scenic and Historic Roads.  The presentation was hel at 6:00 pm Wed Feb 8, 2011 at the Miami Public Library.

2012 Rural Transportation Summit (Yuma AZ)

2012 Rural Transportation Summit - Yuma AZ

January 18-20

Pivit Point Conference Center

Presentataion on "Arizona's History a Look Back"

COSTCO Book Signing

Rick was invited to conduct a book signing for COSTCO on December 4th, 2011 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Mesa store.  Several copies of the book were sold and many positive comments were received by those who attended.

2011 ASU Materials Conference

Rick presented the History of Arizona's Transportation system at the annual ASU Materials Conference on Tuesday November 11th at 11:00am.  The conference was held in the Memorial Union on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe.

APWA History Presentation

In preparation for Arizona's centennial celebration next year APWA has focused on history presentations during their monthly membership meetings.  Rick gave a presentation on the History of Transportation and the Apache Trail during the Sep 14, 2011 meeting.  There were approximately 180 in attendance.

Valley of the Sun Romance Writers Presentation

On September 13, 2011 Rick gave a presentation to the Valley of the Sun Romance Writers of Arizona at the Ironworks in Glendale.  There were 26 in attendance.

2011 Roads & Streets Conference (Tucson AZ)

Mr. Powers give a presentation on the History of the Apache Trail and Innovative Historic Preservation through GIS, on Thursday April 21st at the 60th annual Roads and Streets Conference in Tucson. 

2009 Roads and Streets

Roads and Streets Conference 2009

Preserving the Historic Road Conference

Rick gave a presentation on the Apache Trail GIS documentation efforts at the national Preserving the Historic Road Conference in Washington DC September 11, 2010.


Preserving Historic Roads (PHR) Web link...  http://www.historicroads.org/sub7_1.htm

Lecture Series - Miami Library

Richard Powers gave an interesting presentation on the history of the Apache Trail GIS Historic Documentation process and discussed on-going historic preservation techniques.  This Miami "Hardscrabble" event held on January 12th, 2011 was well attended.

Hardscrabble - History of Roosevelt Dam

In commemoration of the 100 year anniversaryof the Dam dedication by Theodore Roosevelt in March 1911 - Rick presented the "History of Roosevelt Dam" on Wednesday March 9th, 2011 at the Miami, AZ Library.

Book Signing - Superstition Mountain Historical Museum (Apache Junction)

Rick participated in the Superstition Mountain Historical Museum Author's gathering on Saturday March 5th to sign books.  He also presented a lecture on the history of Roosevelt Dam and the Apache Trail on March 10th, 2011.

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