Glendale in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Corrals and Tack House
—at Sahuaro Ranch . . . —
The corrals here are the remnants of the sprawling complex of corrals and pastures needed to raise the livestock that was always important to the operations of Sahuaro Ranch.
In early years, horses and mules were the primary source of power for transportation, plowing, and other work. During the 1920s they were replaced by mechanized equipment, but the number of livestock actually increased as the Smith family began raising dairy cows, beef cattle, and later thoroughbred horses.
The square corrals here were used to hold cattle for branding, shipment, and treatment; the circular corral, called a "breaking pen," was used to train horses. The tack house, which is the small shed adjacent to the corrals, was used to store medicine, harnesses, and other "tack," or horse gear.
Other livestock enclosures on the ranch included the pens attached to the dairy barn and blacksmith shop, horse corrals near the Main House, and a fenced pasture in the pecan orchard.
On the Ranch Today
The circular breaking pen, constructed in 1972, was the last corral built at the ranch. The horse corrals near the Main House were replaced by the rose garden, and the pecan orchard pasture is now a recreational area located to the west of the historic park.
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[Top left] Horses
[Bottom left] ...Sahuaro Ranch cattle from the 1930s. (Photo courtesy of Richard Smith).
Erected by Glendale Parks & Recreation.
Location. 33° 34.639′ N, 112° 11.365′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Click for map. Marker is about 400 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. Stable / Granary (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith and Machine Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barnyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Dairy Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Well House (about 300 feet away, Foreman's House (about 500 feet away); Fruit Packing Shed (about 600 feet away); Water & Power (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Glendale.
Also see . . . Sahuaro Ranch Park. (Submitted on March 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Animals • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 623 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.