Glendale in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
—at Sahuaro Ranch —
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
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. Touch 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 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). 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 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. • 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 740 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.