Glendale in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
—at Sahuaro Ranch . . . —
Although some cows were probably always kept on the ranch to supply fresh milk and butter, it was not until after Richard W. Smith bought Sahuaro Ranch in 1927 that dairy cows were raised here commercially.
At first the Smith family sold only bulk milk. The cows were milked in the dairy barn, which was built in 1928, and the milk shipped to local dairies in cans. In 1932, under the supervision of Smith's son, Richard S. Smith, a retail dairy was established on the ranch and this milk house was built.
The first step in processing the milk was pasteurizing it to kill bacteria; this was done by heating the raw milk with steam from the boiler located outside the building. After refrigeration in a large built-in cooler, containers of milk were carried up to the pour room and drained into the separator below, which by centrifugal action divided the liquid into milk and cream.
On the Ranch Today
The dairy barn and milk house remain virtually unchanged since the late 1940s, when the Smiths stopped producing milk and closed the dairy. The pour room atop the exterior stairway was at one time moved away from the milk house, but it was reattached when the buildings were restored in the 1990s.
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These two men worked as milkers for the Sahuaro
This view of the south side of the Milk House is from the 1930s, showing the lush vegetation around the Ranch as well as some of the original power lines and transformer. The tall structure on the roof is a cooling tower, which no longer exists. (Photo courtesy of Richard Smith).
Erected by Glendale Parks & Recreation.
Location. 33° 34.608′ N, 112° 11.348′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Click for map. Marker is about 200 feet northwest of the Foreman's House, at Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9802 North 59th Avenue, Glendale AZ 85302, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Barnyard (a few steps from this marker); Blacksmith and Machine Shop (a few steps from this marker); Well House (within shouting distance of this marker); Stable / Granary (within shouting distance of this marker); Corrals and Tack House Foreman's House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fruit Packing Shed (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Water & Power (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Glendale.
Also see . . .
1. History of Sahuaro Ranch Park. (Submitted on March 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Milk Production. (Submitted on March 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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