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

Home for Saguaros

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, June 7, 2015
1. Home for Saguaros Marker
Inscription. The saguaro cactus before you owes its existence to the foresight of local residents. In the 1920s grazing and development threatened the saguaro's future. Saguaro forests began to disappear as mature cactuses were chopped to make way for new roads. Livestock added to the damage as cattle trampled seedlings. Fearing destruction of the Southwest's saguaro forests, Homer Shantz (pictured left) led the effort that created Saguaro National Park - protecting giant saguaros for generations to come.

Milestones in the life of the park

1928 Campaign to protect giant saguaros begins.
1933 President Hoover authorizes Saguaro National Monument.
1961 President Kennedy adds Tucson Mountains to the monument.
1976 Congress designates 71,400 acres as wilderness.
1994 Congress designates Saguaro National Park.

Photo caption: A great natural area...of the southwest. Homer Shantz, University of Arizona president.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 32° 10.863′ N, 110° 44.067′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker is on Cactus Forest Drive 0.2 miles north of South Old Spanish Trail, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map.
Home for Saguaros Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 7, 2015
2. Home for Saguaros Marker
This marker is on the grounds of the Saguaro National Park East. Marker is at or near this postal address: Cactus Forest Drive, 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. Where Have All the Saguaros Gone? (approx. 1.2 miles away); Desert Homes (approx. 1.4 miles away); Officer Erik Hite (approx. 5.4 miles away); Agua Caliente Ranch and Hot Springs (approx. 6.9 miles away); Airmen Memorial Bridge (approx. 7.5 miles away); Hacienda Moltacqua (approx. 8.1 miles away); Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (approx. 8.3 miles away); Presidential Aircraft (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
 
Categories. EnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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