See his Memories and Friends (1924); selections from his diary (ed. by P. Lubbock, 1926).
See his Cross Fire: The Eight Years with Eisenhower (1962).
The city was founded in 1880 when the Southern Pacific Railroad came through. It was named after Judge William B. Benson, a friend of the president of the railroad.
The city is perhaps best known as the gateway to Kartchner Caverns State Park.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.7 square miles (92.5 km²), all land.
There were 2,084 households out of which 18.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.72.
In the city the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 18.0% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 29.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,289, and the median income for a family was $36,364. Males had a median income of $34,013 versus $18,964 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,315. About 6.2% of families and 13.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.1% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.
It is also served by State Route 80, which has its western terminus at Interstate 10. It heads southeast from the city.