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Things to do in Glendale

  • University of Phoenix Stadium University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, Arizona
    This stadium is the home of the University of Phoenix, and is a multipurpose stadium used mainly for football, since it's also home to the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL, and the yearly Fiesta Bowl, which was played here in 2007-2009. The 2009 championship game was one of the most exciting games ever played since it went down to the finish between the Texas Longhorns and the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Longhorns won, beating the Buckeyes 24-21 and it was a very exciting finish. This stadium is next to the Jobing.com Arena, which is home to the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes, and the first fully retractable natural grass covering in the nation. The stadium was the place where Super Bowl XLII was played and the 2007 BCS National Championship game held. There are 63,400 seats, that can expand to 72,200 when needed, and it opened on August 1, 2006. Business Week called it one of the most impressive sports facilities in the world, because of its retractable roof and playing field. The Phoenix stadium is the only American stadium on the list, and cost $455 million. The first game that was played there was on the 12th, when the Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-13 in preseason play. The first official game was on the 10th of September and the Cardinals beat the 49ers, 34-27. The Cardinals moved to Arizona in 1988, and with the added benefit of the new air conditioned stadium were able to play at home on the first weekend of the season, something they hadn't been able to do since coming here. In February of 2007, it held the biggest attended soccer game in Arizona history, with the US team beating the Mexican, 2-0. This exciting new venue was able to host 91 events in 110 days during the August 2006 period to January 2007; and included the regular Cardinal games, motor sports events, shows, expositions, the various state high school football championships, a Rolling Stones concert, the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship High School Marching Band competition, the Fiesta Bowl, and the BCS National Championship between the Buckeyes and the Florida Gators, with the University of Florida Gators winning the game, 41-14. There are 88 luxury suites, with room for 16 more in the future if needed, and on the 25 acre site, there is a special 8 acre tailgating area; named the Great Lawn. It is shaped like the many barrel cactuses around the state, and the retractable roof is built on an incline; taking only 12 minutes to retract or open. In February of 2008, it hosted Super Bowl XLII, when the New York Giants beat the undefeated New England Patriots 17-14 and was considered to be one of the most awesome upsets of football history. This was the second time that Phoenix hosted a Super Bowl, the other was the 30th in Tempe's Sun Devil Stadium where the Cowboys beat the Steelers. It was named as the arena that would hold the World Wrestling Entertainment's Wrestlemania XXVI, in March of 2010, and is the first time that this exciting event will be held in the state.

  • Cerreta Candy Company
    The Cerreta Candy Company is family owned and operated, starting out over forty years ago by Jim Cerreta Sr. after he had learned about candy making from his father-in-law back in Ohio. Jim moved to the southwest, started his family and business; which now includes his four sons and in the summers his two grandsons. Jim Jr. handles the caramel operation, Joe does the cream centers, Jerry covers them all with that wonderful silky chocolate, and Joner handles the sales and web site business. Some of their wives help out, making this business all family members which show you the kind of love and spirit that goes into each piece of chocolate. Making chocolate is quite a business, since it does involve more than just mixing ingredients to create that smooth and delicious delight that melts in your mouth and creates such a marvelous sensation among your taste buds. The cocoa tree grows the bean, which is collected from the fields, then put into containers to age and dry, which takes anywhere from 2 to 6 years. After drying for a while, they are cut into halves and spun fast to get the beans out of the shells. Once out, they are further dried and then shipped to the various companies that make chocolate. The beans are roasted here to get the color and aroma that will make the most incredible smells and tastes that we all love. Once the beans are roasted, they are deshelled of their outing coating and ground into what we know as cocoa butter. The butter and bean is mixed together to make the thick gooey stuff we call chocolate, but in liquid form, which then is sent to a press machine that squeezes the butter off and solid cocoa is left. The solid chocolate is broken into powder form which is used for all the various recipes for the final chocolate candies. Chocolate powder is added to the cocoa powder with sugar, and the paste is then mixed until the master chocolatier decides it is ready for the molds. These finished bars are then sent to the many small chocolate companies like Cerreta's. The Cerreta's get their best chocolate bars from a company on the west coast called Guittard Chocolate Company; which is the oldest one there. The Cerreta's are very proud of their chocolate candy varieties and have always strived for perfection. Their candies are sold in grocery stores and on the internet with the mission to make the best candies for an affordable price so that everyone can enjoy their magnificent candy all the time and not just on the holidays. They seem to have succeeded and their factory is always open for tours and tastings.

  • White Tank Mountain Regional Park
    The park is located in the west central area of Maricopa County, Arizona, and contains almost 30,000 acres of desert and mountain lands, with the White Tank Mountain range being almost exclusively located in the park. Many areas have been developed for recreational activities, with numerous picnic areas, ramadas or covered/shaded tables, and campgrounds; which include grills, picnic tables and restrooms. The area is famous for its wonderful hiking trails that meander through the park for almost 26 miles. Some are harder than others, with the hardest being moderately challenging, and the favorite is the Waterfall trail that is almost a mile, that comes to an end where a waterfall can be found if there has been enough rain that year or period. You can find some horseback riding and bike trails which includes a ten mile area that is for racing and high speeds. It has also been a favorite of night sky watchers and astronomists with many organized events being held there throughout the year. Guided health walks, youth-oriented events and interpretive nature walks are also available at the park. It contains a big area of desert, as well as mountain range, that allows it to be a natural preserve. The vast majority is wilderness, where motorized vehicles are not allowed, except on a few roads, as is hiking allowed only on marked trails and hunting in certain areas at specific times of the year. Soon of the magnificent animals that can be seen here include the mountain lion, various rodents, javelinas, mule deer and coyotes. Many beautiful and unusual birds are seen here including the roadrunner and cactus wren. Many kinds of reptiles can be found here as well, and the park does offer guided tours that will inform you of the many flora and fauna that thrives quite well here.   This is a riding stable located within the park that will rent horses if you are so inclined, and also guided rides. During the summer months, there are possible flash floods that create many beautiful waterfalls, attracting many visitors, and is considered dangerous in some of the areas around the small canyons. Eleven archaeological sites have been uncovered in the park, which include seven Hohokam village ruins. On the Black Rock trail, one of these can be found if you know what you are looking for, with numerous petroglyphs on rocks throughout the area. You can photograph these fantastic drawings, and other remains, but are asked not to touch or otherwise disturb them. The park is found on the west side of Phoenix, close to the encroaching Buckeye and Surprise communities, which has caused some anxiety among the region's environmentalists since they could cause irrevocable damage to the ecology. Future plans has included a greenbelt buffer zone to isolate the park from the infringing developments, but may also cause the entire region to become an ecological island.

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  • Thunderbird ParkThunderbird Park Glendale, Arizona
    Sitting on 1185 acres of the Hedgepeth Hills, this conservation park is devoted to saving the wonderful desert landscape named after Robert Hedgepeth, who was an early pioneer in the region. The name came from the World War II training camp that was four miles to the south of the park. The town acquired the land through a lease program from the U.S. government in 1951, and with the assistance of the Rotary Club and Women's Club was able to buy the land in 1956. The county managed the park from 1963 until 1984, making great strides and improvements, and in 1984 was given back to the town. It is a breath taking beautiful area with plenty of recreational activities available including bike riding, jogging, horseback riding, picnic areas, bird watching and just plain walking or hiking. Over 15 miles of multi-use trails have been created, and these by the many wonderful volunteers that help the park. There are 11 trails that vary in distance from a tenth of a mile to five miles. The wildlife that can be found or seen here is marvelous, such as the desert ground squirrel, kangaroo rats, mountain lions, coyotes, chipmunks, gray fox, jackrabbits, rock squirrels, kit fox, skunks, cottontail rabbit, mule deer, bobcats, raccoons, pack rats, mice, bats, javelina, coati and ringtail. Reptiles can include; turtles, geckos, kingsnakes, collared lizards, desert tortoise, rattlesnakes, horned lizards, gila monsters, various non-poisonous snakes, toads and frogs and chuckwallas. Birds include; grebes eagles, cactus wrens, loons, gambrels quail, falcons, owls, doves, coots, song birds, ducks, vultures, hummingbirds, killdeer, roadrunner, osprey, woodpeckers, herons, and ravens. The folks at the park have been kind enough to build blinds for the viewing of these magnificent creatures so that you won't have to disturb their habitats, and four are along the north side of the basin. They are close to the manmade water holes, and have decorative wall openings that are not so obvious to the animals.

  • Glendale Xeriscape Botanical Garden
    With water conservation in the forefront of their minds, the town has created a magnificent and beautiful xeriscape botanical garden that rests on four acres near the main library. It was started in 1990, and now over 400 varieties have found a permanent home with regular and botanical names and information given so that visitors can see what might interest them for their own personal gardens that will use less water and be an improvement to their landscaping. It is always open to the public, with full sized plants and various combinations to bring out the beauty of these marvelous pairings. It is one of the best such botanical gardens in the state and many volunteers and students enjoy coming here to visit and learn about the many plants that thrive in the state without a lot of water needed to beautify them. An audio tape is available to help you take a self guided tour where you will learn about the kinds of plants and the care that is needed to help them grow and live adequately. Recently some artwork has been added to the garden area, with a decorative wall that is called the desert plant and animal adaption's, and two sculptures called the blue planet and watershed. 40 students from the local Sahuaro Ranch elementary school and in-house sculptor Juanita Hull-Carlson created the water conservation themed artifacts and 8 different activities that concentrated on water conservation. There are over 250 volunteers that help with the many projects and maintenance of the park.

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Local Restaurants in Glendale
  • La Piazzo Al Forno
    This restaurant is famous for its brick over pizzas and wood fired grill specialties in Glendale, Arizona. The hand-tossed, made to order pizzas are topped with the best ingredients, and the food is delicious. They have the Italian stallion meat pie with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, sausage, pepperoni, prosciutto di Parma and Sopressata; La Piazza Verde or veggie pie is with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, mushrooms, spinach, arugula and olives; La Piazzo Bianco is white pie with garlic butter sauce, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, garlic and fresh basil; the Goodfella is plain cheese with tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella; the Mediterranean is pesto cream sauce topped with fresh mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and feta cheese; the Margherita is tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, olive oil and basil. Antipasti offers; bread basket, stuffed shrimp with crab meat, sautéed in olive oil and garlic served over toasted Italian bread, fried calamari, bruschette is toasted bread with chopped tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs; fresh mozzarella and tomato caprese is sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella topped with roasted peppers, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil. Salads include; house salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and cheese; insalata Piazza is mixed greens, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, salami, cherry tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers and olives; chicken Caesar salad is mixed greens topped with Caesar dressing, grilled chicken, parmigiano Reggiano and toasted Italian bread. Dinners come with Italian bread and are; Frutti de Mare is shrimp, clams, calamari, mussels in a spicy white or red sauce served over linguine; baked meat lasagna is old world Italian classic; linguine and clam sauce is clams in a spicy red or white sauce served over linguine; spaghetti and meatballs or sausage; chicken marsala is chicken breast and mushrooms in a marsala wine sauce served with side of spaghetti and marinara; fettuccine al pesto with chicken or shrimp available, tossed in a pesto cream sauce; rigatoni al Forno is rigatoni pasta, chicken, broccoli, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, olive oil, garlic and baked with mozzarella; baked 4 cheese ravioli is Full Moon Four cheese ravioli in a red cream sauce and baked with mozzarella; chicken pesto lasagna is chicken and pesto cream sauce with traditional lasagna and mozzarella baked to perfection; Mediterranean ravioli is Full Moon Four Cheese Ravioli sautéed in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mushrooms, garlic and topped with feta cheese.

  • Arrowhead Grill
    Under the direction of Chef Charles Wade Schwerd, the Arrowhead Grill uses only the finest ingredients that are as fresh as possible, with hand cut premium selected steaks and the freshest finest fish that can be found anywhere. Appetizers include; Hog Island Kumamoto oysters; grilled artichoke served with house remoulade sauce and clarified butter; lamb chop fondue is three lamb chops grilled to your tastes and served with Black Mesa Ranch goat cheese and rosemary sauce; ahi tuna salad is seared rare with mixed greens, cucumbers, carrots tossed with ponzu dressing served with wasabi; Rhode Island style calamari is tempura battered squid mixed with cherry peppers and baby corn all tossed in light citrus vinaigrette; coconut battered shrimp is sweet shrimp lightly battered in real coconut milk and deep fried until crispy and golden fried; Louisiana style BBQ shrimp is sweet shrimp sautéed in whole butter, Bayou seasonings and served sizzling table side; shrimp cocktail is shrimp cooked in house court-bouillon broth chilled and served on ice with cocktail sauce, remoulade sauce and sliced lemon. Salads include; house salad is iceberg lettuce tossed in Italian vinaigrette with thinly sliced red onions, carrots, croutons, kalamati olives and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese; Caesar salad is romaine lettuce tossed with tangy garlic vinaigrette dressing with hint of anchovies, topped with croutons and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese; chopped salad is combo of mixed greens, iceberg and romaine chopped finely and mixed with heirloom tomatoes. Arrowhead's Prime Hand Cuts include; 10 ounce Delmonico steak is 1894 Delmonico sirloin steak recipe no. 1375; 8 ounce filet mignon; 12 ounce filet mignon; 10, 15 or 22 ounce prime rib; 13 ounce bone-in filet; baby back ribs; 16 ounce steak au poivre; 8 or 16 ounce NY strip; 22 ounce porterhouse or rib eye; 16 ounce pepper steak, lamb rack; 16 ounce bone-in KC strip; fire roasted chicken carved tableside. Seafood; salmon, lobster pot pie, wild salmon, farm-raised salmon, Alaskan halibut, 8 or 12 ounce King crab legs, Chilean sea bass, crab cake, 8 ounce Maine lobster tail; Pacific swordfish or Hawaiian sunfish.

Frutti de Mare La Piazzo Al Forno Glendale, Arizona

 

Chicken Marsala La Piazzo Al Forno Glendale, Arizona

 

Baked Meat Lasagna La Piazzo Al Forno Glendale, Arizona

 

Rigatoni Al Forno La Piazzo La Forno Glendale, Arizona

 

 BBQ shrimp Arrowhead Grill Glendale, Arizona



Delmonico Steak Arrowhead Grill Glendale, Arizona


Filet mignon Arrowhead Grill Glendale, Arizona

 

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  • Adobe Dam Recreational Park Adobe Dam Recreational Park Glendale, Arizona
    Spanning across the Connecticut River between Cornish, New Hampshire and Windsor, Glendale, this was the world's longest covered bridge until the Smolen-Gulf Bridge in Ohio was finished in 2008.  Almost 450 feet long, and 24 feet wide, this wooden covered bridge was first constructed in 1866, and was declared a National Civil Engineering Landmark in 1970.  It was refurbished in 1988 and it uses town lattice type trusses.  The load limit is 10 tons, and the clearance is 12 feet and 9 inches.  It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977.  It is a beautiful structure completely made of wood, and there have been three other bridges built on the site.  The first was in 1796, next in 1824, and then in 1828 and they were destroyed by flooding.  Framed first on a nearby meadow, it was then moved to the location.  It was bought by the state in 1936 and used as a toll bridge until 1943.  The trusses are six by eight spruce timbers bolted together every four feet, with steel reinforcing plates and iron rods that go from the tops of the trusses to the abutments.  The huge west abutment and center pier are built of stone blocks mortared together and the east abutment is covered with concrete.  The ends are overlapped on the top by 6 feet on one end and 8 feet on the other making the roof part 465 feet.  The flooring is made of wood planks flat on the bridge and running parallel with the trusses.  The original roof had wood shingles, but in 1924, metal was used instead. 

  • Deer Valley Rock Art Center
    This center is the perfect venue for a museum, archaeological site and nature preserve; containing the biggest concentrated numbers of Native American rock art or petroglyphs in the state. The trail is wheel chair accessible making it a fantastic place for all people to come and enjoy the beauty, the mysterious and incredible rocks that have been written or drawn upon by the Indians so many years ago. Sitting on some 47 acres of pristine desert landscape, there is a ethnobotanical garden, hill of basaltic boulders, museum, wildlife; and unbelievable fields of wildflowers blooming in the spring. Over 1500 petroglyphs are seen here, with numerous picnic tables and an amphitheater that can accommodate visitors with a marvelous view of the vast lands and perfect for picnicking. A huge number of desert plants can be seen here, along the ground and in the hills where the primitive art drawings lie. Here you will see jackrabbits skipping over the grasses, roadrunners racing along the trails, quail, rock squirrels, ground squirrels, red-tailed hawks, great horned owls, cottontail rabbits, Harris hawks, hummingbirds and javelina running through the region's marvelous landscaping. There are signs along the path that will tell you what kinds of plants thrive here, as well as where the petroglyphs can be seen. At the art center, exhibits are shown that tell that people lived here many years ago, by the petroglyphs and other artifacts that have been discovered; javelinas that are very distinctive and very adapted to desert life and other ongoing displays that showcase the many beautiful and exciting plants and animals that thrive in the desert and valley areas.

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  • Hot Air Balloon CompanyHot Air Balloon Company Glendale, Arizona
    The Hot Air Balloon Company was started in 1983, by Brian Holmes, a native from Michigan who had moved to Florida at a young age, and then to Phoenix in 1981 after serving his country in the US Army in Bavaria. Brian was always interested in hot air ballooning, and when he moved to Arizona, his dream was realized. The company has a perfect safety record, with Brian holding an FAA commercial instructor-pilots license and FAA certified and registered balloonist license. Maintenance is performed locally by another FAA certified company and he is fully insured to handle the balloon and other vehicles. He carries a land permit to fly over various territories and is a member of the chamber of commerce, convention and visitors bureau, Balloon Federation of American, North American Balloon Association and Arizona Balloon Club. Brian is a personable type guy that enjoys telling his guests about the many beautiful sights of the Arizona desert and the animals that live here. You can either greet the sun rising over the desert in the morning or setting down across the magnificent vistas that exist out here. The colors are amazing and always brilliant with you getting the best seat or sights in the land. It is a marvel to be floating over the desert anytime and the pilots will be most happy to lower the balloons so that you will have the closest views of the majestic animals as they came awake in the morning or are out chasing their dinners. Everything is done that could possibly affect your having the greatest adventure of your life, and the morning rides includes the usual sparkling champagne toast and fresh pastries. The flights last anywhere from 1 to 2 hours depending on the winds and weather, and you will never forget it.

  • Katydid Insect Museum
    This is the only museum in the west that gives people some idea of what the insect world is like and how some are hurting us and others are beneficial. There are many exhibits that tell you about the many insects that live in our world, with many live creatures as well that include reptiles, lizards, spiders and snakes. The mounted display cases make it easier for the young people to see the many critters, and there are literally thousands of them. All the bugs are displayed either on boards or in display cases with all the necessary information about them right there. Some of the displays are interactive for your children to have the chance, if they dare, to touch and play with some of the many insects here. The museum started many years ago when Nedra Solomon needed a job and found it working for Heritage Pest Control. She was the first woman in the state to get her "A" license from the pest control commission; allowing her to take care of all levels of pest control. She started collecting specimens over 20 years ago so that she could learn to best way to "control" them, and soon she was learning about the many bugs, and other creatures that threatened homeowners. After her kids and grandkids were out on their own, she opened a small display area so that other exterminators could see and learn about the many varieties that she had handled during her years in the business. Schools started contacting her about field trips, and group homes asked to come visit so they their residents could see the various varieties hanging on her walls. The museum was born and named after her oldest granddaughter, Katie. The official opening was in 2000, and is dedicated to her grandchildren; with thousands of visitors coming to see the bugs and insects that were here. That first museum was 400 square feet and held a thousand different specimens, and in September of 2009, she moved into a bigger space that held some 2300 square feet and could sustain her huge collection that now holds over 20,000 specimens; besides the roaches, turtles, tortoises, beetle and reptiles. She says she has some boa constrictors, bearded dragons, millipedes, and three kinds of scorpions. Most are very interesting but some are superb, like the tarantula tower that is home to some 20 tarantulas and the biggest is the Goliath bird eater from South America that measures over 10 inches on its leg span. There are water dogs that turn into tiger salamanders, and many other fantastic kinds of bugs or insects.

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  • Historic Downtown GlendaleHistoric Downtown Glendale, Arizona
    Historic Glendale is an area of the downtown area that is home to over a 100 antique and specialty shops that are located in historically renovated homes. Some of the marvelous museums that are found here include; American Museum of Nursing, Glendale Police Museum, Engineering, Communications & Computation Museum, Glendale Arizona Historical Society Manistee Ranch, the Bead Museum, Sahuaro Ranch and the Antiques Reference and Price Guide Collection at Velma Teague Library in Murphy Park. You will find Katie' Closet rubber stamps, stamp-making and calligraphy, the Tole Shop American folk art painting classes, Coury House used books with over 60,000 of them and Granny G's shady nook where many books from the past come alive. There are half a dozen antique shops, the Glendale Gaslight Inn, about a dozen marvelous restaurants, ice cream parlors, and tea rooms. Dozens of quaint little shops abound here with that perfect gift or card, and many other wonderful retail stores that will surprise you and keep you busy all day long. These great folks are close to their communities and always giving back whatever they can.

  • The Bead Museum
    The Bead museum was started in 1984, by Gabrielle Liese so that these marvelous collections of beads and beaded artifacts could be preserved for future generations of bead lovers from all over the world. Many are exciting works of art and this museum does all it possibly can to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of people for this little works of art that have been around for thousands of years, and popular for so many years. The museum contains over 100,000 individual beads and beaded items. One of the current collections is called From Caves to Castles: if beads could talk, and is from the founder's own personal collection. Many of the earliest beads from prehistoric times until the finish of the Islamic period which ended in 1400 A.D. From early times, these small beads have been part of the human culture with shell beads to glass beads from the Islamic era; with many architectural effects used to showcase and highlight the various beads. It is the first and biggest museum in the world that pertains to the collecting, saving, preserving, research and interpretation of beads and related artifacts from around the world.

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  • Sahuaro RanchSahuaro Ranch Glendale, Arizona
    One of the oldest and exciting ranches of the valley is the Sahuaro Ranch and its many historical buildings that sit on 17 acres and is now a park area that is loved and visited by the local residents and visitors alike. Also located here is a rose garden, barnyard and orchards, with 13 complete and original structures. In 1885, the Arizona Canal was finished, and spanned some 44 miles across the valley and created 100,000 acres of desert land that could now be irrigated and farmed. Many speculators touted the Salt River Valley as the agri mecca of Arizona. William Henry Bartlett came to the valley when he was 36 years old and his brother Samuel Colcord Barlett came with him in 1886. They were part of a group of businessmen that came from Peoria, Illinois to homestead the open land northwest of Phoenix, wanting to invest in the ranchlands and fruit farms that could be created here. The brothers believed that the fruit farming could become very productive because of the vast desert and irrigated lands. They both began to homestead a plot just north of what would later become the town of Glendale. They had money, so they could invest in the land and soon were partners in a grain brokerage which soon became the biggest in the midwestern farm belt. William soon became well known because of his immense holdings, and he homesteaded the Sahuaro Ranch in 1886 and developed it until his death in 1918. In 1891, he was one of the biggest ranchers in the valley with over 2,000 acres under his control. He constructed many efficient and comfortable buildings on the ranch, that housed his superintendents, hands and their families. He had rose bushes, palm trees and other plants put in all over the ranch to beautify its views, and there was a big pond with bridge and gazebo installed. He never lived there permanently although did visit quite often, making sure that all his desires were carried out by his employees through the mail and telegram systems. The first permanent building was the adobe ranch house constructed in 1887 for Stephen Cromwell, the first superintendent, where his offices and home were to be. He was originally a banker from Denver and had become William's brother-in-law; managing the ranch from 1886 until 1890. He had many improvements completed at the ranch with the first irrigation ditch being completed and over half the 640 acres cleared and planted with fig trees, other fruit trees, vineyards and alfalfa. A horse barn and blacksmith shop were finished in 1887, where the draft horses and mules were kept as well as the orchard wagons, other farming equipment, mowers, and rakes. He brought in cows, hogs and bulls and during the 1890s, somewhere between 500 and 1,000 hogs were raised on the ranch and shipped to other markets. Harry Adams took over the job in 1890, and started the first fruit growers association and eventually was put in charge of the horticultural exhibit at the Arizona' Territorial Fair of 1890. Adams continued planting fruits and grains under William's orders, with a 100 acre olive orchard and 20 acre orange grove being completed in 1890 also. Both of those were the first of their kind in the valley to be grown. Adams tried growing date palms and started the first 20 in 1891; and their success was wonderful, since they resisted drought and were plentiful. Today, there is a big date palm grove on the east side of the ranch which was planted by a later owner, Richard W. Smith, who bought the ranch in 1927. In 1891, tons of figs were ripe, and a packing house was built to contain the bountiful fruit, which was dried and packaged using the latest methods from California. In 1898, the guest house was finished, with the intention of becoming part of the main house, but his youngest son, Willie, was hit with tuberculosis and he was told to go west where the warm dry heat would be beneficial to his health. He came to the newly built house, later that year which was built with his needs and comforts in mind. The foreman's house was built during that time, and was constructed after the colonial designs of the north. William brought electricity to the ranch in 1899 and in 1901 a pump house was built to handle the oil-fired electric generator that supplied the ranch and a pump for getting water to the house from a well close by. The first cars were brought here in 1905. After Bartlett passed on, other owners came here and continued the farming exploits, with P.E. Bradshaw owning the ranch from 1913 until 1927, and planting cotton in 1915. He brought in sheep and cattle to graze on the alfalfa pastures; and then Richard Smith bought it in 1927; putting in big citrus orchards, pecans, and dates. He passed on in 1944, and left the ranch to his son Richard S. Smith, and in 1966, the town's mayor, Max Klass, asked for a federal grant for the town to buy the property. It took many years, but in 1977, some 80 acres were acquired by the city and it tried to register the 17 acres where the buildings sat on the National Register of Historical Places. Many other venues have taken place here and the city is proud of this magnificent cultural center that did so much for the area and still continues to help.

  • Camelback Ranch
    Camelback Ranch is the stadium in Glendale, Arizona, where the LA Dodgers and Chicago White Sox train in the springtime, and is home for the Arizona League Dodgers. It has seating for 13,000 and is the biggest one in the Cactus league. The name came from the ranch that was on this property and the head groundskeeper of the White Sox, Roger Bossard was the designer and implementer of all the fields for both teams. It officially opened in March of 2009, and had the first spring training game between the White Sox and the Dodgers. The White Sox won the game, 3-2, after the Dodgers were leading 2-0 until the top of the ninth. It was an exciting game, even if only training, but for anyone this kind of play is always exciting to watch regardless of when it is played. There is an amazing fish-stocked lake that sits between the two fields, creating an aesthetic beauty and calm that is quite helpful to all that come here. It contains over 5000 plants and trees, and it is a sunken ball field that is 12 feet below the grade so that all the seats can view the game with wonderful vision. There are 12 practice diamonds on the field and three practice infields. The teams have access tunnels that go from their clubhouse to the field and a bandstand has been put in to take care of the pre-game entertainment.

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May 12, 2011