Papago Park Amphitheater – Phoenix AZ


“Civilian Conservation Corps camp SP5A constructed an amphitheater built into Papago Buttes southeast of the Arsenal between December 1933 and April 1934. The open-air amphitheater accommodates 3,500 people; it has been used for many functions, but most memorable were the Easter Sunrise Services.” (

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Project originally submitted by Catherine Powers Whynot on January 2, 2013.

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Big Butte Loop
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Coordinates: 33.465774082710766, -111.9520689121643

One comment on “Papago Park Amphitheater – Phoenix AZ

  1. Catherine Whynot

    I have information, maps, and articles from 1934 when the Amphitheater was dedicated. My grandfather, JJ Powers was the park service architect working with the CCC encampment. He later transferred to the position of Park Maintenance Supervisor in December 1936.
    I have several items that help provide the history of the undertaking, along with pictures, my grandfather’s architect tools and such. I am trying to find the right opportunity or source to have these items donated for the history in the making of a landmark that brought over 6000 folks to Easter Sunrise Services.

    Please let me know , who I can connect with to continue preserving a piece of history in Phoenix.

    Catherine Powers Whynot

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