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Glendale in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Orchards

 

—at Sahuaro Ranch —

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 6, 2010
1. Orchards Marker
Inscription.
The most important crops in the early years of Sahuaro Ranch were fruits and nuts. These commanded high prices, which meant they could profitably be raised here and sold to buyers across the country despite the high cost of shipping from such a remote location.

The first trees to be planted on the ranch were figs and dates. They were soon followed by olives, apricots, peaches, almonds, and oranges. By 1891, according to a Phoenix newspaper, Sahuaro Ranch had the largest fig orchard in the United States.

Over time, the crops grown at Sahuaro Ranch changed, as they did on many Arizona farms. Fruits and nuts became less important as the ranch's owners began raising more citrus and cattle. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, most of Sahuaro Ranch's olive trees were removed, a pecan grove was planted, and the acreage devoted to oranges and grapefruit was greatly increased.

On the Ranch Today
Some of the date palms near the Main House were planted in 1891, making this one of the oldest date groves in Arizona. Most of the citrus trees were planted starting in the late 1920s. The apricot, peach, and fig trees (located north of the Fruit Packing Shed) were planted in recent years.

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[Top] Above are some visitors to Sahuaro Ranch in 1898. Here they are posing
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By Unknown, 1898
2. Photo on Orchards Marker
with some of the ranch's first orange trees, which were planted in 1890. Sahuaro Ranch was one of the first places in the Phoenix area where farmers experimented with growing citrus. While the trees in this picture no longer exist, many of the trees at the ranch today are from the late 1920s. (Photo courtesy of the Arizona Historical Foundation, W.N. Campbell Photograph Album, DW-84-54).

Here is one of Sahuaro Ranch's date palms, heavy with fruit and ready to be harvested. These were among the earliest fruit trees planted at the ranch. (Photo courtesy of Richard Smith).
 
Erected by Glendale Parks & Recreation.
 
Location. 33° 34.566′ N, 112° 11.252′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Click for map. Marker is about 30 feet SSE of the Fruit Packing Shed, 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. Irrigation (a few steps from this marker); Fruit Packing Shed (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Sahuaro Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker); Foreman's House
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By Unknown, Unknown
3. Photo on Orchards Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Main House and Guest House (about 400 feet away); Sahuaro Ranch Residence (about 400 feet away); Water & Power (about 400 feet away); Well House (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Glendale.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Sahuaro Ranch Park. (Submitted on March 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Growing Fruit Trees in the Desert Southwest. (Submitted on March 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Growing Citrus in Arizona. (Submitted on March 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureHorticulture & ForestryMan-Made Features
 
Orchards Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 6, 2010
4. Orchards Marker
Fruit Packing Shed in background, looking northwest
Orange Trees Near Orchards Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 6, 2010
5. Orange Trees Near Orchards Marker
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 6, 2010
6. Palm Trees
Main and Guest Houses in background, looking west
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 653 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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