Sahuaro Ranch Park, Glendale

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Park · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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 drove about an hour from Mesa to Glendale to visit the Sahuaro Ranch Park. This is a free attraction to walk around the grounds and free parking was provided too. We entered through the orchard.....  more »
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  • Really beautiful place to go. If you live in the area or you’re just visiting it’s a must see Park. The historic ranch is very well maintained, beautiful palms, a nice flower garden, citrus orchards, grapevines, fig trees, and of course the peacocks. A wonderful destination for weddings, taking photos, getting engaged, bringing your family, going on a date, etc. On one half of the park there is a big pavilion area with grills and nice counter top areas. Two playgrounds for the kids, cement paths, soccer fields and more. If you haven’t seen it for yourself hurry up and get out there!
  • Great place to hang out with family members. Its huge park with two different sides. The west side of the park has play area for kids as well as Volleyball and different other kind of play areas for everyone. The east side of the park is connected to Glendale library and historical flower and orange garden. The garden has some livestock animals such as peacocks. Rabbits chicken and etc. The park also has huge shaded barbecue area which is great for family gatherings or parties.

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