Grand Opening

Chris-Town opened its doors for the first time at 10:00am on August 24, 1961.

 Aerial view of Grand Opening Day. An estimated 130,000 visitors arrived in the 11 hours between opening and closing that day.



Another opening day aerial. Chris-Town originally offered parking for 5,200 cars.



Opening day throng in the Court of Fountains.

From "The Webb Spinner," September 1961. Del E. Webb Corp./Sun City Museum


Below: A selection of Grand Opening Day advertisements





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