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Florence in Pinal County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Levi Ruggles Founder of Florence

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, January 16, 2010
1. Levi Ruggles Founder of Florence Marker
Inscription. Civil War veteran Levi Ruggles came to Arizona Territory in 1866 as a U.S. Indian Agent. Recognizing the agricultural potential of this valley, he found an easily fordable crossing on the Gila River and surveyed a townsite here. He called the village Florence, a favorite Ruggles family name, and early in 1869 built his first family home on this site. In August of that same year, with the aid of Governor R.C. McCormick, he secured a post office. Ruggles held numerous public offices, including that of Territorial legislator.
 
Erected by Pinal County Historical Society and Arizona Historical Society.
 
Location. 33° 2.163′ N, 111° 23.329′ W. Marker is in Florence, Arizona, in Pinal County. Marker is on West Ruggles Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the North side of Ruggles Avenue between North Quartz Street and North Willow Street. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AZ 85132, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. E.N. Fish & Co. Store (within shouting distance of this marker); George A. Brown House (within shouting distance of this marker); Granville Wheat Outbuilding (within
Levi Ruggles Founder of Florence Marker and Home Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 16, 2010
2. Levi Ruggles Founder of Florence Marker and Home Site
shouting distance of this marker); First Pinal County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Ross/Fryer – Cushman Residence (about 400 feet away); Silver King Florence Hotel (about 400 feet away); E. N. Fish & Co. Store (about 500 feet away); Charles Rapp Saloon (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Levi Ruggles Home Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 16, 2010
3. Levi Ruggles Home Site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,395 times since then and 166 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 21, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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