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An open letter to the Town Council and citizens of Cave Creek

West World Art - Photo by Ron Pelton

WestWorld of Scottsdale photo by Ron Pelton

Sept. 16, 2013

An open letter to the Town Council and citizens of Cave Creek:

The Code of the West says to “remember that some things aren’t for sale.”

“The West’s Most Western Town,” Scottsdale’s brand for almost 70 years, is not something we are going to throw up for grabs.

It’s not just a slogan, it’s part of who we are.

We may have changed some over the years, but our Western roots run deep and even today they aren’t hard to see.

I don’t think there will be any pig races, but you’re welcome to come out to WestWorld Oct. 19 for the Scottsdale Showdown – a national championship event featuring 24 of the bravest bull riders in the country.

Or you can come ride with us in the 61st Annual Parada del Sol in February, or join the fun at the Parada del Sol rodeo at WestWorld.

Saddle up and ride the 200 miles from Holbrook to Scottsdale with the Hashknife Pony Express.

In fact, with more than 250 days of horse events at WestWorld every year, more manure is probably shoveled in Scottsdale than anywhere else except the U.S. Congress.

If that’s not your thing, you can visit 43 square miles of open desert in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Come down and have a drink at the Rusty Spur, or enjoy a ranch cookout at Pinnacle Peak Patio.

Help us build the Scottsdale Museum of the West.

Scottsdale is proud of our roots. We think there’s enough land in the northeast Valley for both of us.

But our brand isn’t up for grabs.


Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane
For the Scottsdale City Council

P.S. We appreciate our neighbors in Cave Creek, and recognize that despite a relatively small mutual border, we share many things. A love of the west, and citizens who deserve responsive local government.

In the spirit of the old west, we would appreciate the opportunity to sit together at a joint meeting of the Scottsdale City Council and Cave Creek Town Council elected officials, where we could discuss real issues of mutual concern and benefit to our citizens. We look forward to your reply regarding that suggestion.