The Rehabilitation of Historic Canoa Ranch

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Join us for a walking tour of the historic headquarters at Canoa Ranch. Located in the upper Santa Cruz River Valley, Canoa Ranch is a listed Rural Historic Landscape in the National Register of Historic Places. The ranch is perhaps most notably associated with one of Southern Arizona’s pioneering families, the Mannings. Additionally, this portion of the Santa Cruz River Valley has a rich history of occupation beginning millennia ago when residents engineered the river through extensive canal irrigation systems.

Simon Herbert, Program Coordinator with Pima County’s Special Projects and Trades Division, and the park’s preservation specialist, will give a brief presentation followed by a tour of the ranch headquarters. Mr. Herbert will focus on some of the unique challenges associated with this type of rehabilitation work. The headquarters area includes a large number of adobe structures undergoing active rehabilitation, including the Manning residences, ranch worker’s homes, a grain room, blacksmith’s shop, tack room, and the unique corral system. The Canoa project is a preeminent example of one of Pima County’s voter-approved bond programs.

The park is on the east side of Interstate 19 about a mile north of the Canoa Ranch interchange. The tour will begin at 10:00 am and end around noon. To register for the trip please contact trip leader Cannon Daughtrey. For more information on Canoa Ranch and Pima County Bond Programs please visit,, and


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