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Sahuaro Ranch Park, Glendale

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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.Ranch historyBartlett 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 are very lucky that Glendale has preserved the memory of this ranch within its city limits. This beautiful place, its awe inspiring plants, animals and historical structures come to life with the h...  more »
  • Be sure to spend time here with your family, especially when the old ranch home is open. The rose garden in spring is beautiful, and there are many festivals held here each year.  more »
  • Nice place to stroll around and check out the buildings and the rose garden. Wonderful grassy areas for a picnic or just mellow atmosphere. A good example of a ranch in the late 1800s and on. Parking ...  more »
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  • I used to own a home across the street from this Park. I watched the City of Glendale work hard to get it to the Historical Site it is today. Not only are the original ranch buildings here, there is a play area, huge area for families and groups to cook and athletic fields. There is access to the library to the north and Glendale collage is to the South. They continue to have a large group of peacocks as well which is a delight for all ages.
  • This place is a definite stop for nature lovers. Lots of roses, great historic architecture, and wild peacocks that like to hang out in the library parking lot. I love coming here.
  • It's a great park with a historic section and a regular park section. There are a lot of citrus trees that smell wonderful in spring when they are in bloom. I've never seen so many peacocks, but here they roam the park and library grounds freely. The historic section closes at sunset. There are plenty of tables to have a picnic or party. There is also a dog park to take your pet to socialize. I enjoy coming to the park for an afternoon walk/run.
  • Had my wedding ceremony in the garden (late April). Only bad thing is that other people in the park don't respect the area where the wedding is being held and the staff doesnt bother to kick them out. Other than that it was great price is good and the house was awesome.
  • It's a really big and amazing park, I loved it! I played some volleyball here with my family and also got to enjoy the little museum and historic houses they had here as well. It's definitely a place I would recommend to bring your kids to more often.