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Roscoe Elwood Hazard
1880 - 1975
Roscoe Elwood Hazard is related to 21 records

Roscoe Elwood "Pappy Hazard" (1880-1975) was born in Arizona and moved to San Diego in 1900. In 1915 he became a paving contractor who went on to found the R.E. Hazard Contracting Company in 1926. The company, still in existence, built many of San Diego's major freeway interchanges and evolved into a full-service general engineering contracting firm with a focus on private sector work.
At over 3,000 objects, the Hazard Collection is one of the largest personal collections donated to California State Parks.

Pappy Hazard was an avid collector of Western memorabilia who traveled all over the country acquiring Western objects. The collection includes horse-drawn vehicles, saddles, branding irons, firearms, tack, various ethnographic objects, a large number of Southwestern Indian pottery and much more. In 1960, Pappy Hazard opened the "Old West Museum" in San Diego's Mission Valley at the company's 42-acre concrete block manufacturing site to display his vast collection. There he personally escorted thousands of visitors through it. A sign leading to the museum read: "How the West was LOST. No Roads by HAZARD."

In 1972, Governor Ronald Reagan accepted Pappy's extensive collection on behalf of the people of California and it was transferred to California State Parks. Hazard also helped fund the reconstruction of Seeley Stables in Old Town San Diego to house his donated collection. Some of the collections, such as the wagons, were part of an exhibit installed there in 1974. Much of the Hazard Collection is maintained and stored at the State Museum Resource Center. And, many pieces of the Southwestern Pottery Collection reside at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum.




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