Saddlebrooke's hidden history
By W. T. “Flint” Carter
When the Motorola Executive Institute gave that area to the University of Arizona for the BioSphere, an archeological survey dated carvings, between 4-6,000 years old, overlooked miles of pre-historic irrigation canals for farming.
The first documentation on the area - and of that particular mine - was in 1880 by Mrs. Kitt who started the state-funded Arizona Pioneer Historical Society.
The story also mentions a lost city right in the mighty Cañada del Oro.
In 1911, below the BioSphere, George Stone Wilson started the Linda Vista Guest Ranch, formerly called Rancho Linda Vista. It was Arizona’s first guest ranch with two old adobe houses.
One building is believed to be Mission Santa Catalina of Jesuit origin. The property was acquired through back taxes from the Samaniego family- whom the western ridge is named. It was the Samaniego’s who started the Hispanic Rights Movement.
Continue reading the story of the beginning history of Saddlebrooke.
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