Sahuaro Ranch Park, Glendale

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Sahuaro Ranch was founded in 1886, by William Henry Bartlett, a native of Illinois. The ranch, located north of what eventually became the city of Glendale, Arizona, was rich in figs and other fruit orchards, vineyards, and fields of alfalfa. The ranch has all of its historical structures restored, and the "Sahuaro Ranch Park" is administered by the Parks and Recreation Department of Glendale.
On March 7, 1980 Sahuaro Ranch was listed in the National Register of Historical Places.
Bartlett era (1880 - 1913)William Henry Bartlett and his brother were wealthy businessmen from Peoria, Illinois who homesteaded lands in what was to become the future the City of Glendale founded by William John Murphy. What made an investment attractive was the completion of the Arizona Canal in 1885. The canal allowed 100,000 acres (40468.564 hec or 40468 hec (hectare) and 5642.2 m²) of desert land to be opened up to homesteading and irrigation farming. The Homestead Act was a United States federal law that gave an applicant ownership at no cost of farmland called a "homestead." The Bartletts' felt this was a great opportunity to invest in fruit ranching and farming. The brothers were owners of a grain brokerage business, and were amongst the largest traders in the Midwestern farm belt.
By 1891, William Bartlett had under his control 2,000 acres (809.371 hectares or 809 hec and 3712.8 m²) of farmland near Glendale. He established a 640-acre farm (25932.255 hec or 25932 hec and 2559.5 m²) and named it named Sahuaro Ranch. There he planted large citrus and pecan orchards. Even though he never lived permanently at Sahuaro Ranch, Bartlett took an active role in its development and had various buildings and residences built for the people who worked there and for his family. He hired superintendents to manage his ranch operations.
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  • We visited in fall time and enjoyed the antique setting of the farm, tools and beautiful peacocks that roam the grounds, very peaceful afternoon, 
    We visited in fall time and enjoyed the antique setting of the farm, tools and beautiful peacocks that roam the grounds, very peaceful afternoon,  more »
  • This park has many buildings that used to be a ranch in the early 1900s. There is no admission, parking is free & it is open during daylight hours. All of the buildings have detailed descriptions... 
    This park has many buildings that used to be a ranch in the early 1900s. There is no admission, parking is free & it is open during daylight hours. All of the buildings have detailed descriptions...  more »
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  • I did a bridal shower picnic there and i have to say this is officially my new favorite park. It's quite, lots of green grass, great places to take photos and a great location for a luxury picnic. It wasn't crazy busy while we were there and I love that there are peacocks walking around.
  • We had a ton of fun here! There are pigeons, chickens and peacocks everywhere. The pigeons fly a little erratically, but are super fun to watch! Great place to walk around for an hour or two. Would make a great stop for kids as I am sure they would love all the animals. Very beautiful park! We would love to have something like this! We will be back :-)

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