Historic Goldwater Statue Represents Love for Arizona
A historic, and often overlooked, attraction in Paradise Valley is the Goldwater Memorial. The statue is located at the northeast corner of Lincoln Drive and Tatum Boulevard in the heart of the community. Representing the life of Senator Barry Goldwater, a long time resident of the area, the sculpture is an important piece of artwork. He retired to his hilltop home called Be-Nun-I-Kin in the town, after serving in the U.S. Senate for three decades.
Famous Arizona artist Joe Beeler showed off his masterpiece on February 14, 2004, which serves as the main highlight of the memorial. It is one and one-half times larger than Senator Goldwater, and sculpted out of bronze. Paradise Valley is proud to be home to such a beautiful creation, and an outstanding historic resident.
According to the city’s website, Barry Goldwater was an avid and skilled pilot, a talented photographer, and famous for his direct approach to politics. Above everything else, he was a passionate Arizona man who loved the unique features of his state. The sculpture sits in a professionally landscape setting with desert plantings and a pedestrian path inscribed with noteworthy quotes that represents Goldwater’s beliefs.
Definitely make a trip to see this Paradise Valley wonder. It is also part of a destination stop for many travelers, while road tripping through the west. Senator Goldwater’s passion for this community and love of the culture lives on with this artistic depiction of this memorable political figure.