Paradise Valley, Arizona: Barry Goldwater Memorial

Barry Goldwater was trounced in the Presidential election of 1964 by incumbent Lyndon Johnson. Nevertheless, "Mr. Conservative," remained steadfast in his principles: he wanted to repeal the social welfare programs of Democrats and nuke the commies. He was known for his blunt talk, and was the Senator who told Richard Nixon, bluntly, that he had to resign.
Address:
Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ
Directions:
I-17 exit 205 onto eastbound W. Glendale Ave. In about 3 miles Glendale turns into Lincoln Drive. Continue for another 3 miles. Statue is on the northeast corner of Lincoln Dr. and Tatum Blvd.
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Barry Goldwater statue. Barry Goldwater Memorial

If you are in the area, stop to see the beautiful desert habitat and the memorial itself. Traffic in this part of Phoenix/Paradise Valley is pretty heavy, so I would not suggest going more than 3-5 miles out of your way.

[Ellaine, 09/19/2014]
Barry Goldwater statue. Barry Goldwater Statue

The bronze statue of Barry Goldwater stands in a corner lot cactus garden with a little walkway, stone walls and a bench. Bronzesmith Joe Beeler was commissioned by the town of Paradise Valley to create the nine-foot bronze, the first major work of art to celebrate the life of Arizona's best-known native, Barry Goldwater. Goldwater retired to Paradise Valley after serving three decades in the United States Senate. The monument, unveiled in February 2004, is the centerpiece of the Goldwater Memorial on the corner of Tatum and Lincoln, just below the hilltop house where Goldwater lived until his death in 1989.

[Pauline Schoeneman, 05/08/2006]

Barry is buried a mile west of the statue on Lincoln Drive, but there's nothing much to see -- just a tiny plaque marking the interment site of his ashes in the itty bitty burial ground of Christ Church of the Ascension.

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