What Are Some Facts About Sahuarita, Arizona?


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Sahuarita, Arizona, was founded in 1911, although incorporation and legal town status did not occur until 1994. As of 2013, the town boasts more than 26,000 citizens over 31 square miles.

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A diverse population makes up Sahuarita, Arizona, with citizens of many nationalities and races from Pacific Islander and Native American to Hispanic, African American and Caucasian. Veterans comprise nearly 10 percent of the population. Of the nearly half million firms in Arizona, 1,444 of them are based out of this town. Some of the largest employers of the area include Sahuarita itself, the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park, and the Sahuarita Unified School District.

Sahuarita first appeared on maps of the area in the 1870, although U.S. maps didn't list the tiny establishment until 1879 under the slightly altered name of Saurita. James Brown established the Sahuarita Ranch that same year in the area, and a community grew up under the name Sahuarito. The Continental Farm of Sahuarita was established in the area in 1915 and eventually began growing pecans, becoming the largest pecan orchard in the world. During World War II, Sahuarita hosted an airstrip where the military trained bomber pilots. During the Cold War, the town held the Titan Missile site, which later underwent decommissioning and became a museum.

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