"AZR", January 19, 1933
Steps to preserve a rock inscription at the east end of the South mountains believed to have been placed there by the Franciscan Father Marcos de Niza in 1539 and protect it from vandals were taken by the city commission yesterday following presentation to the city of a deed to a tract of 103 acres in which the rock is located.
The deed was delivered to the commission by W. G. Hartranft, chairman of the city planning and zoning commission.
The land is a gift of Madison Ballew, former Phoenix resident, who is donating it that the city may take steps to preserve the inscription for posterity. The rock on which it is chiseled will be surrounded by a fence to protect it from vandals.