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

Foreman's House

 

—at Sahuaro Ranch . . . —

 
Foreman's House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 6, 2010
1. Foreman's House Marker
Inscription.
Built sometime around the turn of the 20th century, this house was the last residence to be constructed at Sahuaro Ranch.

Little is known about who lived in the house, but it appears to have been built as a residence for the employees of William Bartlett, the ranch's first owner. It replaced a much older structure that Bartlett called the "Men's Quarters" - a simple one-story adobe building that probably dated from the earliest years of the ranch.

Soon after this house was built, the wood-frame section was added to serve as a kitchen. In later years the house was further modified, converting it from a simple bunkhouse into a dwelling more suitable for the ranch foreman and his family. A bathroom was installed on the first floor, the porch was enclosed, and a carport was attached to the north wall of the addition.

On the Ranch Today
More than any other building at Sahuaro Ranch, this house has undergone major changes to restore it to its original appearance. In the 1980s, the carport was removed, the rear stairway rebuilt, and the enclosed porch replaced with a reproduction of the original two-story open porch.

[Photo captions follow]

[Top left] Dave Brown was the foreman at Sahuaro Ranch in the ealry 1950s. He was one of this building's many residents, but the only one
Photo of Dave Brown on Foreman's House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1950s
2. Photo of Dave Brown on Foreman's House Marker
that historians know by name. The old enclosed sleeping porch can be seen behind him. The foreman supervised and assigned tasks to ranch employees. Richard Smith, the last owner of Sahuaro Ranch, described Brown as a "good man with a rope." (Photo courtesy of Richard Smith.

[Bottom left] The City of Glendale restored most of the buildings at Sahuaro Ranch in the 1980s. Workers removed the later additions to the Foreman's House, such as the enclosed porch, and returned the building to its early 1900s appearance. (Photo courtesy of the Glendale, Arizona Historical Society).
 
Erected by Glendale Parks & Recreation.
 
Location. 33° 34.575′ N, 112° 11.32′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Touch for map. Marker is in front 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. Well House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fruit Packing Shed (within shouting distance of this marker); Dairy Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Water & Power (within shouting
Photo on Foreman's House Marker image. Click for full size.
By City of Glendale, circa 1980s
3. Photo on Foreman's House Marker
distance of this marker); The Barnyard (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Sahuaro Ranch (about 300 feet away); Sahuaro Ranch Residence (about 300 feet away); Blacksmith and Machine Shop (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendale.
 
Also see . . .  History of Sahuaro Ranch Park. (Submitted on March 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Foreman's House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 6, 2010
4. Foreman's House and Marker
Looking north
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 523 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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