This property was donated to the state by Ernest McFarland, a New Deal Democrat who was replaced as U.S. Senator by Barry Goldwater in the 1950's. McFarland was instrumental in the passage of the GI Bill at the end of World War II. The Park revolves around a single building that is the oldest courthouse in Arizona and later became a hospital. The exhibits aren't extensive, but they are interesting, and the docents were very friendly and helpful.
Florence isn't all that interesting, but it's not a bad side trip from Phoenix (about an hour by car) to get a flavor for the old west.
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