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Patrick Grady '70 Authors Homesteading Along the Creek

December 19, 2009

Patrick Grady Pioneering2009.jpgDecember 19, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Patrick Grady, a 1970 graduate of DePauw University, has published Homesteading Along the Creek: Pioneer Life in Cave Creek, Arizona, 1890-1940. The book provides a history of the community in which Grady lives.

"This is not your typical story of the Great Plains; this homesteading story set in the Arizona desert is a unique experience to the western saga," notes a synopsis. "Using actual homestead files from the National Archives, the life journey of nine pioneer families, who chose to settle along this little stream of Cave Creek, is richly chronicled. We see how they lived in this ruggedPat Grady Class70.jpg environment and how their lives influenced the growth of this small, rural western town."

Grady retired in late 2005 from the City of Phoenix, where he served as director of community and economic development and then downtown development. A history major at DePauw, he later earned a master's in that subject and performed Ph. D. work in urban history and urban studies at Kent State University.

Learn more about Homesteading Along the Creek here.

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