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You will find information about the West Valley side of the Phoenix Metro area. "Snappy" will also feature attractions and places throughout Arizona.

Arizona is more than the Grand Canyon state, it is a place to embrace and call home. From our famous palm trees to our beautiful pine trees, Arizona's landscape is brimming with nature's grandeur and diversity. Our majestic mountains invite you to climb, our valleys coax you to explore and our plains whisper stories of civilizations past. Saddle up to history-rich towns, breathtaking views and world-class fashion and food.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sahuaro Ranch Park Glendale AZ

Sahuaro Ranch was one of the first farms in the Glendale area and a reminder of Glendale’s agricultural beginnings. Started by wealthy Illinois businessman William H. Bartlett in 1886 and was a thriving 640-acre homestead boasting figs and other fruit orchards, vineyards, fields of alfalfa, and date palms. Its 100-acre olive orchard and 20-acre orange orchard were among the first planted in the Valley.

 As farms gave way to houses, the City of Glendale purchased the remaining parts of the ranch in 1977. Today, the city of Glendale owns 80 acres of the original ranch including 17 acres of historical structures (13 buildings) and a landscape of trees and irrigation ditches. The building were listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 7, 1980.

Tours of the main house are available from September through May, Wed-Sat 10am-2pm and Sun 1pm-4pm. Tours last 30 minutes and are free. Summer tour hours vary; call before you go.

The park is open daily and offers a playground, dog park, softball complex, soccer fields, volleyball courts, restrooms, and picnic areas with ramadas. It hosts many festivals and special events throughout the year.

Sahuaro Ranch Park is conveniently located next to the Glendale Library at 59th Avenue and Mountain View Road: 9802 North 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85302.

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