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“An interesting glimpse into Arizona's past” 3 of 5 stars
Review of McFarland State Historic Park

McFarland State Historic Park
24 West Ruggles, Florence, AZ 85232
520-868-4496
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“An interesting glimpse into Arizona's past”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

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.

Visited March 2014
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“Please change the location to Florence, Arizona (not S.C.)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Located in the historic district of downtown Florence, Arizona, McFarland State Historic Park began its history as Pinal County's first courthouse. It later became the county hospital and eventually a state park in 1979. The park commemorates Ernest McFarland, a US Senator, Governor, and Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. Visitors can tour the restored courtroom and listen to interesting stories told by volunteer guides.

Visited September 2013
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