|From The || February 5, 1965|
|"Once the pride of Apache Junction, considered by many experts in the field as 'one of the spring training sites anywhere,' Geronimo Park crumbles each day a little closer to oblivion. |
Adding insult to injury, wanton vandalism has helped push the facility even faster to destruction.
The ballpark and club house, once valued at well over $100,000, are hardly habitable by field mice today, and as the memory of the park's initial occupants grows even dimmer, chances of any future use by any humans grow even more remote. Perhaps significantly, even the name of the major league baseball team that trained here in 1962 and 1963 has been changed. The Colt .45s are now the Astros.
Technically, the Lost Dutchman's Association still owns the park and the adjacent clubhouse. But this promotional group, originally organized to sponsor the major league spring training season here, has long since exhausted al its funds. Actually, mortgages and other obligations are held by several different parties, and until their differences are resolved in court, the title to the ten-acre site remains clouded."