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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  • June 27, 2017
    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 »
  • June 17, 2017
    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 »
  • June 2, 2017
    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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  • June 24, 2017
    I love this park. It's great if you just want to chill out in the grass and have a picnic with your family. I exspcially love the old buildings and I always bring my camera to take beautiful pictures of my baby and the animals there. There is many things to do at the park and if you have children they will absolutely love the playground. I would highly recommend for anyone who hasn't been there to check it out.
  • June 30, 2017
    Absolutely great park. Has so many things to do. Big and beautiful. Pond near the entrance of the park is very peaceful. Lots of sporting activities available and also a recreational center.
  • May 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 21, 2017
    I love coming here with my son. The play areas are separated by age which is nice. The library is walking distance from the play areas and there are peacocks. My son loves watching them.
  • July 2, 2017
    The best part about it is the large amount of barbecue grills and tables to sit at. It is also pretty nice and has a historic home area.

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