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    Steam Pump Ranch - 52

    Steam Pump Ranch
    Acreage: 7.36

    Date Listed on National Register: 9/2/09

    Period of Significance: 1874-1962

    Description: Steam Pump Ranch houses the remains of an 1870s blacksmith shop and adobe building once protecting a prized groundwater pump driven by steam power; it's water used to fatten cattle for railroad shipping and raise chickens for eggs that would supply the Pioneer Hotel in Tucson. This place played a key role in the burgeoning ranching and food production businesses of the region and the development of Oro Valley. Today, Steam Pump Ranch contains adobe buildings and structures that supported the working ranch and agricultural enterprise—an architecture reflective of two eras of ownership, the (a) Pusch era (c. 1874-1931; and (b) Procter/Leiber era (c. 1933-2005).  Mature trees surround residential ranch houses, bunk houses, outbuildings, a barbecue, outdoor stage, and chicken coops. 

    Honey Bee Village Conservation Park - 53

    Honey Bee Village sign
    Year Built/Established:
    650-1,200

    Architect/Style/Site Function: Village

    Description: An ancestral Native American site, Honey Bee Village over looks the Santa Catalinas Mountains to the east and Pusch Ridge. Here a thriving community subsisted for several generations. Residents farmed, wove fiber, built their houses with timbers and dried mud, and even adorned their clothing with shell jewelry  brought from the Gulf of California. A walking path and additional signage can be found at this site. 

    Romero Ruin/Catalina State Park - 54

    Catalina State Park
    Description:
    One of several large Hohokam villages in the Tucson Basin, the Romero Ruin is the largest archaeological site in Catalina State Park. Decorated pottery found at the site suggests the Hohokam lived at this settlement continuously for 1,000 years. Four centuries after the Hohokam left this place, Francisco and Victoriana Romero made this site their home. They built several structures on top of the Hohokam settlement, within the wall that had enclosed the last phase of the ancient village. The walls of this mid-1800s settlement are still standing today.
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