Written History

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Gertrude Ritcherson

Follow our five part series of the teenage life of Gertrude Ritcherson as she visits Roosevelt Dam for seven days with her family across the valley starting August 26, 1913.

Bill Goforth Remembers

In 1994 contact was made with Mr. Bill Goforth. He was living in Dove Creek, Colorado. At the age of 94, he was still able to share many fond memories of Tortilla Flat..

Barry Storm

In 1942, author and songwriter Barry Storm drifted into town.  

Leo Burnett

Leo Burnett is a legendary advertising agency based in Chicago, they created icons like Tony the Tiger and The Pillsbury Doughboy. In May of 1977 Tortilla Flat got a letter from the agency about using our name in a commercial.

The Santee – Perkins Exchange

During the Great Depression, Phoenix’s WPA office was producing a guide for Arizona but there was a problem with Arizona: nobody knew how Tortilla Flat got its name.

C.E. Cherry

Carlton Eugene Cherry wrote us a letter in 1981. In his seventies then he reminisced about his childhood.