Glendale in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Fruit Packing Shed
—at Sahuaro Ranch... —
This packing shed, constructed in 1891, is one of the oldest farm buildings on the ranch. It was designed by James M. Creighton, a prominent architect in territoral Arizona.
Exactly how the shed was used is not known, but presumably it was here that the figs, grapes, apricots, and peaches grown by the ranch were prepared for shipping.
In 1895 the first Thompson grapes were planted at Sahuaro Ranch, and soon the ranch had 130 acres of this variety, which is preferred for drying as raisins. At first the grapes were shipped fresh to California, but in 1899 William Bartlett began drying his own raisins and selling them under the name of the Phoenix Raisin Seeding and Packing Co.
As citrus and cattle became the most important products at Sahuaro Ranch, this building was no longer used to pack fruit for shipping. By the 1930s it was being used to store grain and other agricultural supplies.
On the Ranch Today
The veranda, or covered porch, is a reconstruction of the original porch from the 1890s, but the rest of the building's exterior is original. The interior, which has been remodeled more than one, originally had a dirt floor. The concrete floor was added in the early 1950s.
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[Top] Above is a view of the south side of the Fruit Packing Shed
[Left center] The Smith Family, who owned the ranch from 1927 until 1977, used the old Fruit Packing Shed for storing grain and other farming supplies. They removed the veranda and painted the structure white to match other buildings on the ranch. (Photo courtesy of Richard Smith).
Erected by Glendale Parks & Recreation.
Location. 33° 34.572′ N, 112° 11.273′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Touch for map. Marker is about 200 feet east 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. Orchards (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Sahuaro Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker); Irrigation (within shouting distance of this marker); Foreman's House (within shouting distance of this marker); Main House and Guest House Well House (about 300 feet away); Sahuaro Ranch Residence (about 400 feet away); Water & Power (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map 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 Citrus Trees in Arizona. (Submitted on March 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Horticulture in the Desert Southwest. (Submitted on March 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Horticulture & Forestry • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,340 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.