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McFarland State Historic Park
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McFarland State Historic Park
Description - In 1878, the town of Florence was known as "the garden city". Located in the middle of the desert, its green grass spread outward from tall stands of cottonwood trees that lined the streets. The park displays a variety of things for which the historic building was used, from courthouse to hospital. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. McFarland's collection of artifacts is on display along with an interpretive program examining his illustrious career.

Florence was once a place where stage coaches were robbed by women like Pearl Hart and saloons outnumbered churches 28 to one. Today the park is filled with the history of Arizona and the characters who lived there. In addition to the courthouse, the park includes an archives building, a picnic area with tables, and handicapped accessible restrooms.

Recreation - Recreational opportunities offered by this 2.5 acre site relate to the historical building and surrounding landscape, additionally a picnic area has been provided. The courtroom is available for special events.

Climate - McFarland Historic State Park sits at a relatively low elevation of 1,500 feet. Low elevations experience a desert climate. During the summer months, expect very hot temperatures with afternoon thunderstorms possible especially in July and August. Daytime high temperatures can exceed 110 degrees. Winter brings moderate temperatures to the low elevations, with warm days and cool to cold nights. Winter is a good time to experience these normally snow free areas. Fall and spring are transitional periods and can also be nice times to visit these desert regions. Be prepared for cool temperatures at higher elevations and dress in layers for your travels in this state of varying climates.

Location - The McFarland Historic State Park is located in south-central area of Arizona, in the town of Florence. The site can be found off U.S. Highway 79 and State Highway 287.

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McFarland State Historic Park, P.O. Box 109 , Florence, AZ, 85232, Phone: 520-868-5216

Additional Information:
Arizona State Parks - Arizona's State Parks feature lakes, reservoirs, caves, mountains, unique geologic formations and significant historic sites. From pine forests to spectacular deserts, the State Parks offer something for just about everyone.
Arizona's Historic Sites -
Phoenix Area - Known as the "Valley of the Sun," and covering over 400 square miles, the Phoenix metropolitan area lies southwest of the Mazatzal Mountains, near where the Verde and Salt Rivers meet.

McFarland State Historic Park - Official Arizona State Parks website


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