McFarland State Historic Park

About McFarland State Historic Park

The history of the park’s building provides visitors with a look into the past. The building represents a transition between Sonoran and Anglo-American architecture with its wood-shingled pitched roofsurmounting traditional adobe brick walls. Like most buildings in Territorial Arizona, the original 1878 structure was constructed by hand using native materials. Soil from the area was used to make adobe bricks which were laid on a trench foundation filled with river rocks. All lumber for the floors and roof was hauled by wagon from northern Arizona.

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24 W Ruggles
Florence, AZ 85132 

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520-868-5216

Country Thunder USA

Country Thunder is the premier Country Music Festival to roll into southeast Wisconsin and Arizona for the past 23 years. Country Thunder performers have included huge country artists such as Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, and Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen only to name a few. Country Thunder’s lineup will keep on dazzling spectators and exceeding expectations, so grab a cowboy hat, a RV or tent if you want to camp, and come and enjoy the world’s premier country acts with the camaraderie of over 100,000 fans

In August 2016, Country Thunder AB launched in Calgary AB, Canada! This 3 day event took place at Prairie Winds Park in the NE area of the city and featured the hottest acts in country music!

Craven Country Jamboree joined the Country Thunder family on October 27, 2016.

Past acts include: Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers, John Denver, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney plus many many more!

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730 North Gallatin Pike,
Madison, TN 37115 

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(866) 802-6418

Contact:

Brian Andrews

Kim Blevins

Apache Gold Casino Resort

At the Apache Gold Casino Resort, the magic of the “Apache Gold Legend” lives on. Untold riches lie in this desert oasis, awaiting discovery. Apache Gold Casino Resort brings you fun, excitement and the thrill of winning 24 hours a day…every day! Our doors are always open.

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Highway 70
San Carlos, AZ 85550 

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(800) 272-2438

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David Parkerson

Gary Murrey

Town of Florence

The Town of Florence was founded in 1866 and is the sixth-oldest non-Native American settlement in the state of Arizona. Florence is the county seat and is situated in the central portion of Pinal County, Arizona about 45 minutes away from the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. Three major transportation corridors run through Florence, which include Highway 287, Highway 79 and Hunt Highway. These roadways provide connectivity to the region that is unrivaled by similar sized communities within the state.

The Town of Florence is a full-service municipality. The Town provides police, fire, library, senior center, parks, water, sewer, sanitation and many other services to the community. Town of Florence employees are pleased to provide quality services and a friendly attitude to all of our residents.

Florence, being one of the oldest towns in Arizona, is proud of its history and the designation of the historic downtown as a National Historic District. The Town strives to strike a balance between preserving the past and preparing for the future so that an authentic sense of place is maintained and new growth and revitalization are encouraged.

There are three public schools within the Florence boundaries, which include two K-8 schools, and one high school. The main campus of Central Arizona College is also within close proximity to Florence. A satellite campus is also in Florence. Arizona State University’s Polytechnic Campus is located in nearby Mesa. Arizona State University and the University of Arizona are located in Tempe and Tucson, respectively. An ASU Distance Learning Center is located within the Anthem area in Florence.

There are a number of major employers in Florence, which include Pinal County, Town of Florence, Florence Unified School District, Safeway, and nine correctional operations. Florence has approximately 7,000 jobs.

There are many prominent recreational landmarks and areas of interest in and around Florence. The Gila River is a prominent landmark that runs through historic Florence. The Gila River served as the northern border in the Gadsden Purchase in 1854. In addition, Box Canyon, Martinez Canyon, old Silverbell Mine, Coke Ovens and many other sites to the east of Florence provide visitors with fantastic scenic views and an opportunity to hike, explore, off-road, or otherwise enjoy the Sonoran Desert. Also in the area are the Casa Grande Ruins, Lost Dutchman State Park, Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Tom Mix Monument, and the Superstition Mountain Wilderness Area.

Florence is home to McFarland State Park, Pinal County Historical Museum, Florence Aero Modeler Park, Charles Whitlow Rodeo Grounds, a quaint historic downtown, and the final resting place of Charles D. Poston, the Father of Arizona, at the summit of Poston Butte. Travel just a little further into Phoenix or Tucson and you’ll discover all of the culture, recreation and entertainment you’d expect from a major metropolitan area.

There are several special events that occur in Florence every year. Among the events are the Tour of Historic Florence in February, the Country Thunder U.S.A. music festival in April, and the world’s oldest children’s (ages 5 to 18) rodeo, coined the Junior Parada, that takes place every Thanksgiving weekend with the accompanying parade.

Florence is growing in population and in square miles. Florence has continued to steadily increase its residential population and expects 250 new homes constructed in FY 13/14. The present day population of Florence is approximately 10,000.

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775 N. Main, P.O. Box 2670
Florence, AZ 85132 

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(520) 868-7500

Pinal County Historical Society

The Pinal County Historical Society (PCHS) was established in the late 1950’s by a group of private citizens with a desire to preserve the history of Pinal County. At that time this was the only group with this objective. Subsequently other communities created their own historical preservation organizations and the PCHS focused on Florence and the surrounding area in the Gila River valley. The emphasis has been to focus upon events and people who most directly influenced the growth and development of the Town of Florence. The museum collections showcase displays and artifacts that bring these stories to life.

The goal of the founders was to build a permanent home for the display of the artifacts they collected and to establish an endowment for its long term viability.

Located on Main Street in the Town of Florence the PCHS has an extensive collection on display both within the Museum and in the yard where agricultural equipment, retired fire vehicles and a homestead cottage can be found.

The organization is a private, non-profit and has been accredited by the State of Arizona Historical Society. The Museum receives no financial support from either Pinal County or the Town of Florence.

Over the years the Museum has developed a good reputation for handling artifacts in a professional, respectful manner. This has generated more interest from families to donate heirlooms that enhance the stories that the Museum can tell of the region’s history. These displays provide local residents a greater appreciation for the history of the area from the Hohokam period to the founders of Florence.

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715 S Main St., P.O. Box 851
Florence, AZ 85132 

Website

(520) 868-4382

Contact:

Lynn Smith