By Kimball Allen
Ajo, Arizona, is a perfect day trip or weekend adventure for all pilots. The Ajo Food Pantry also needs dry and canned food items. There is an opportunity to combine both flying and philanthropy. A donation box is located inside the Ajo Country Club (approximately a 10-minute walk from the Ajo Airport). The food donation box will remain at the golf course club throughout the winter (until April 2021). The box will be emptied each Saturday, and the contents will be delivered to the community food bank for distribution. The Ajo Food Pantry serves the town of Ajo and the greater community, including the native nation. COVID-19 and the lack of summer monsoon rain has negatively impacted Arizona’s rural communities (especially those dependent on native gardening practices as a source of food). Your generous food donations will help feed a community where 30% of the full-time residents are in poverty.
Ajo Airport has a unique chapter in Arizona’s aviation history. The military built the airport in 1941 before entry into WWII. In 1951, Ajo residents Malin and Myreel Lewis, who represented the Ajo Chamber of Commerce, went to D.C. to ask the Civil Aeronautics Board to support commercial air service to Ajo, AZ. Bonanza Air (merged with Air West) started service in 1952. It was not a commercial success, and passenger air service was short-lived.
The copper mine has long been tapped out, yet our Sonoran Desert town still thrives. It has emerged as an artist and snowbird destination. Ajo is known as the gateway to Mexico, and Tohono O’odham Nation, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The historic Spanish colonial plaza and Curley School in the town center showcase the town’s wealth and yesteryear population.
Eric Marcus Municipal Airport information: https://www.airnav.com/airport/P01
Ajo Country Club (open to the public and has a restaurant that is volunteer run): https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60924-d254275-Reviews-Ajo_Country_Club_Golf_Course-Ajo_Arizona.html
Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture (Ajo food pantry’s parent organization): http://ajocsa.com/about/
Visit Ajo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/visitajo/
Ajo Chamber of Commerce: http://www.ajochamber.com/
Recommended Accommodations: http://www.sonorancc.com/
Ajo Contact for questions or information: Kimball Allen, KimballAllenMedia@gmailcom, (206) 516-9661