In 1896, Frank and Warren Allison established the Flowing Wells Ranch. Over a hundred years later, Kevin and Marie Daily released their book “Flowing Wells,” documenting in pictures the history of Flowing Wells from all the years in between. This book presents some never-before-seen pictures and insight into what Flowing Wells used to be, and how the region helped form the Southwestern landscape today.
Tucson Local Media sat down with the authors to learn more about their inspiration and the writing process. Flowing Wells by Kevin and Marie Daily is available in print and online via Arcadia Publishing.
Why did you first become interested in writing a book about Flowing Wells?
The interest in the book didn’t come from the book itself. It came from being involved in the area since way back when. One of the reasons the book came about is because I fell in love with the area when I moved here in 1978 and because I moved here from an area near South Tucson. I moved up here when my mother remarried, and I found a home here. I graduated from Flowing Wells in 1983 and Flowing Wells was a place where I flourished. I found it to be a wonderful place and a wonderful family.
What kind of research did you end up doing for this book?
I knew some of the history, but it didn’t all make sense to me completely until we did the book. We started digging in the archives, going through all the things that you could go through and talking to people. Everything started to connect and make sense.
What was the most enjoyable part of the project?
The most enjoyable part was the story. I know that people come here, and they say: “This place is different, it’s a family.” The funny thing is that’s been true all the way back, that’s the common thread. It has just gotten stronger and as we’ve added more people to our family. I think that if you go through the book. You can tell that people became part of a family and it kind of grew up. Everybody knew each other, and everybody supported each other. It was truly like a small-town north of a bigger town.
Do you plan on writing any other books soon? Or, is there any future project?
At the moment we don’t have a specific plan, but we’re open to the idea of doing something else. I know that some people indicated that they would love to see some pictures from beyond 1967, because we focused on 1889 to about 1967ish and that’s a lot to cover in 127 pages. So, I think we’re going to see how this goes down and then we’ll continue to evaluate if there should be a follow-up project. Right now, we’re not sure but we do know that people are interested in some of the later history too.
What kind of people do you expect to pick this book up?
There are so many people that have grown up in the area and some of these families that don’t completely understand the history of the area. I think that anybody who has an interest in Tucson would be interested in that. Certainly, anybody that had any connection to the area would definitely be interested.
Zach Ogden is a University of Arizona journalism student and Tucson Local Media intern.