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Sahuaro Ranch Park, Glendale

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4.4/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
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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  • Nice park, lots of stuff to see and do, the historical buildings are interesting. Nice playground for kids. Dog park is good. But the park has been very dirty lately, Trash on the grounds. 
  • This was the house our there. The house is from long ago. One would have to check when the house is opened to the public. The furniture and the things used in it's day are all still in tack. We were a...  read more »
  • This was worth it he visit. Beautiful park setting. Enjoyed seeing all the different types of plants, flowers and fruit trees. The kids loved the peacocks. Very nice place to hang out, 
  • Has alot of pokestops here! Fun for the family awesome scenery!!
  • Beautiful park with tons of edible Fruit and a well maintained dog park. Always packed on the weekends so plan your trip accordingly.
  • Location it's of peacocks, chickens and great play area for kids. Also have cool scenery for picture taking but does cost money for a licence to take them. Also have a farm there for kids to check out.
  • Beautiful park! The wild fowl are gorgeous. My only issue is not with the park itself. My issue is with parents not teaching their children that chasing the peacocks and other wildlife is not a good idea. I have watched parents just allow their children to chase, throw rocks at and generally torture the wildlife at this park.
  • The park offers an excellent insight into the early days of Arizona. The graceful peacocks add a subtle addition of sounds and splendor to the park. Their main habitat was under the grape vines.
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