Sahuaro Ranch was founded in 1886, by William Henry Bartlett, a native of Illinois. The crown jewel of Glendale's park system, Sahuaro Ranch Park offers users both a recreational and historic experience. This park is unique with its historic ranch buildings and its recreational park areas. Visitors can picnic, play on the playgrounds, smell the roses, view peacocks, explore the old ranch grounds or play a ball game. In 2017 several of the park’s historic buildings were destroyed by arson. The buildings damaged in the fires include the dairy barn (built in 1928); the blacksmith/machine shop shown above (circa 1890); the stable/granary (circa 1890 and 1935); and some minimal damage to the scale house (1950s). August Building Company was contracted to restore these structures utilizing the same construction practices and materials that were used during that time period.