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Near Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Desert Homes

 
 
Desert Homes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 25, 2012
1. Desert Homes Marker
Inscription. Safford Freeman and his family settled in this area in the early 1930s after applying for a patent under the Homestead Act. They were granted 640 acres to farm, graze, or mine. Here Mr. Freeman constructed a three room adobe home, along with several outbuildings and a well. The mound of dirt before you is what's left of their home.

In the early 1950s, the Freeman Homestead, along with many other home sites, was purchased by the National Park Service to protect all the lands within Saguaro National Park.
 
Erected by Saguaro National Park - National Park Service,.
 
Location. 32° 9.657′ N, 110° 43.762′ W. Marker is near Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Touch for map. It is a short (0.4 mile) hike to reach the Freeman Homestead.
Directions to hike: After passing through the entrance station at Saguaro National Park, turn right on South Loop Road and follow the road southeast for 1.4 miles to the Freeman Homestead Nature Trail. Follow the trail to the Desert Homes Marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson AZ 85730, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home for Saguaros (approx. 1.4 miles away); Where Have All the Saguaros Gone?
Desert Homes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 25, 2012
2. Desert Homes Marker
(approx. 2.6 miles away); Officer Erik Hite (approx. 6.8 miles away); Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (approx. 8.3 miles away); Agua Caliente Ranch and Hot Springs (approx. 8.3 miles away); Presidential Aircraft (approx. 8.3 miles away); Airmen Memorial Bridge (approx. 8½ miles away); Colossal Cave Mountain Park (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
 
Additional keywords. Freeman Homestead
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Desert Home image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 25, 2012
3. Desert Home
Corner of home is in foreground.
Photo on Desert Homes Marker image. Click for full size.
circa 1936
4. Photo on Desert Homes Marker
Photo on Desert Homes Marker image. Click for full size.
circa 1930
5. Photo on Desert Homes Marker
Trailhead for the Desert Homes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 25, 2012
6. Trailhead for the Desert Homes Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 407 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on May 6, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 7, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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