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
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[Top left] Horses have been important throughout the entire history of Sahuaro Ranch. The Smith family, who owned Sahuaro Ranch from 1927 until 1977, also used horses to help raise cattle. Here are Beau Boy and Lady-Lady. The narrow Tack House building next to these corrals held equipment needed for the Ranch's horses. (Photo courtesy of the Glendale, Arizona Historical Society).
[Bottom left] ...Sahuaro Ranch cattle from the 1930s. (Photo courtesy of Richard Smith).
Erected by Glendale Parks & Recreation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Animals. A significant historical year for this entry is 1972.
Location. 33° 34.639′ N, 112° 11.365′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker is about 400 feet northwest of the Foreman's House, at Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9802 North 59th Avenue, Glendale AZ 85302, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 BarnyardDairy Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Well House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Foreman's House (about 500 feet away); Fruit Packing Shed (about 600 feet away); Water & Power (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendale.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 817 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.