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 park offers many options from sports activities, picnics, Historical home touring, play equipment for children, to outdoor event accommodations. There are several grills in an area designated for...  more »
  • It's a good place to walk or bike to in Glendale. My favorite part is the rose garden. There are peacocks, chickens, and cats walking around. The area is beautiful year round.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • This is a beautiful place to spend a few hours in a day. The old homes/buildings lovely and the rose garden is gorgeous! The park is a nice place to have a picnic and let the kids play! Love that they have a baby/toddler swing. Not every park does.
  • We attended a wedding here and the set up was beautiful and it is very well kept. The views are pretty. There were little bunnies and peacocks roaming the property which I loved. During the reception the venue only had 1 restroom which kind of caused a back up but you could walk some where else for more rest rooms
  • I love visiting Sahuaro Ranch Park. On one side, there are the historical buildings and rose garden where peacocks roam. On the other side, a huge covered area for grills and parties (would need to reserve a space on busy weekends) and a lot of scattered picnic tables with single grills amongst pecan trees. There's also a dog park on the west border and a nice playground. There are restroom facilities near the playground, too.
  • My kids loved the main playground (pictured) in the center of the park. It was fun to see chickens and peacocks roaming the grounds. There is also a historic farmhouse/museum that does tours, a rose garden, dog park, soccer fields, sand volleyball, picnic tables, cabanas with grills (must be reserved), and baseball fields. Snow-cone vendors are often on site. Situated between the Glendale Public Library and Glendale Community college. 2 parking lots. Parking on the West side is accessible from 63rd Ave., but is not connected to the Central parking lot, accessed from Mountain View Rd. via 59th Ave.
  • Got photos taken here. Our photographer has permission to shoot here. But the park employees bolted plastic over all the windows on the buildings. That not only looked horrible, but over time got dirty and full of dust and cobwebs. These made many of our photos need to be photo shopped or cropped to edit the eye sore windows. Other than that the park is beautiful. Peacocks are pretty and human friendly.

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