The 1930’s El Rancho Robles Dude Ranch in Oracle, Arizona. It is no longer a dude ranch, though some rooms are rented as apartments today. It is approx 4500 feet above sea level. There are lots of birds and wildlife. Trees shade the property, and a stream runs through it. Click here (PDF) to see an old brochure from the University of Arizona Library (PDF format) on the El Rancho Robles dude ranch.
Over the last 15 years, we watched North Scottsdale develop from old warehouse-type buildings around the Scottsdale Airpark, to beautiful and uniquely designed corporate office buildings and stores. There is a style that seems to influence the design of architecture in North Scottsdale. That influence is none other than Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
One of the main boulevards in North Scottsdale is Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. At Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, you will see the large spire sculpture, pictured here. This was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Just east down Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd is Taliesin West. At Taliesin West, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation maintains its international headquarters. The organization was founded by Wright to be the repository of his life’s work and ideas. This was Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus and was built in 1937.
Taliesin West offers a broad range of public tours everyday, except some holidays, from 9 am to 4pm, September through May. Tours are also offered June through August, and a night tour is available some months.
CLICK HERE to see modern North Scottsdale architecture.
Visit Taliesin West on your next Scottsdale Vacation.
In the Old West, wagon loads of ore would have traveled from Tucson, through Florence, to Phoenix. For regular travelers today between Arizona’s two largest cities, it is nice to take this more scenic drive. It is a two-way road, so not as safe to travel as the freeway, however, the desert is beautiful and Florence makes a good place to stop. You can walk around, shop, and eat.
Florence boomed in the 1870’s as miners from Silver King Mine and cowboys from local ranches rode in to Florence for fun and business. In 1909, the territorial prison was moved from Yuma to Florence. Today, Florence is still home to prisons, an immigration center and a juvenile detention center. As you travel through Florence, you can not help but be surprised by the size of the existing prisons. But, just blocks west into town, is quaint little Historical Florence that reflects the pride of those living there. Florence has worked hard in restoring historical buildings and homes. Many of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. As you walk around town, you can read about the history of the structures on plaques in front of each.
So, visit Florence, Arizona. Another great place to Discover Arizona.
When we were in Bisbee, Arizona last, we took in the Queen Mine Tour, which was great and recommended. We are going back again soon, as there is so much to do and see. The reason we only did the mine tour last time we were there is that we wanted to do “local stuff“. We thought that the best way to do that is to not plan too much, and just walk around a lot. We did, and we stumbled on a sign for a thrift sale at the Old Bisbee School (money donated to its renovation), next to the Gym Club Suites (great place to stay). And, not only was it fun walking around the creeky old school house stairs, but we met some friendly folks in there. And to top it off, we found a Bisbee treasure! We discovered an old table for $15, that we now call our “Bisbee table“. The unique table top is pictured with the rocks we bought at the Bisbee mine (click on the image to enlarge it). It is so Bisbee.