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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.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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  • This is a large greenspace next to Glendale Community College. It has a dog park, lots of playground space and picnic tables. Not a tourist destination in any way. 
  • 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...  more »
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  • This is an amazing park! It's huge! The Homesteader's park is connected to it and is something everyone in the Valley should see. They have peacocks running around all over place and it's a great place to do photo shoots. The BBQ area at Sahuaro is really nice and it's a great place to host parties. Wonderful park! Just make sure you are out of the Homesteader's section before sunset as the gates get locked and the park ranger gets really upset. We got locked in while hunting Pokèmon and got lectured for being there after sunset.
  • Peacocks. Trees. Dog park. Ramadas. Bathroom. Two playgrounds. Historic. Pokestops.
  • The history is amazing. The dog park is nice. Lots for the kids to do and see. The peacocks are pretty cool too!
  • 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.
  • Has alot of pokestops here! Fun for the family awesome scenery!!