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 cotton  

Cotton

The cotton crop was essential to early farmers in the Queen Creek area, and continues to be produced in the community today. One of Arizona’s “Five C’s” – copper, citrus, climate, cattle and cotton – cotton first became a major crop in the state during World War I.

 equestrian

 

Equestrian

Located just north of Chandler Heights Road on the east side of Sossaman  Road,  the Desert Wells Stage Stop is reported to have been a small spur stop for the Arizona  Stage Company, founded in 1868. The stop provided water, shade, and protection for stages from Florence via Olberg and on to Mesa.

Queen Creek’s equestrian heritage continues to be defined by the Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre, which opened in 2009. This municipally owned facility hosts a variety of equestrian events and competitions throughout the year, most of which offer free admission for spectators.  
 fields

Farming

Agriculture and the bounty of the land continue to support the foundation upon which Queen Creek plans and builds its future. The fertile valley below the San Tan Mountains offered a safe haven for the early Indian communities and the homesteaders who farmed and ranched along Queen Creek Wash. Citrus, cotton, pecans, vegetables, and other crops still provide for area families, and the wash is a key element in the Town's plan for future recreational trails and open space.

 
 hohokam

Hohokam

We were preceded in this area by a people the Pima called “Hohokam” meaning the “vanished ones.” Scholars generally agree today that the Hohokam evolved from an earlier local hunting and gathering culture. Archaeologists date the earliest sites of these pioneering desert dwellers to around the time of Christ. By A.D. 700, the Hohokam were thriving in numerous farming villages around south central Arizona. Their culture reached a climax between A.D. 1100 and 1400, after which, for reasons still unknown, it declined.

 
 mountains

Mountains

The Town of Queen Creek is located at the base of the beautiful San Tan Mountains, and has spectacular views of the Superstition Mountains. This location was key to early settlers, and now serves as a convenient location to the 10,000 acre San Tan Mountain Regional Park. Serving as an example of the lower Sonoran Desert, the park ranges in elevation from approximately 1,400 feet to over 2,500 feet.

The vegetation changes from creosote flats to dense saguaro forest. Various types of wildlife may be observed, including reptiles, birds, and mammals.

 
 washes

Washes

Two dry washes serve as natural outlets for watershed in the Queen Creek community and provide a natural trail system for residents to enjoy. The Queen Creek and Sonoqui washes stretch from east to west in the community, with the Sonoqui Wash trail connecting from Gilbert and serving as part of the Maricopa Trail. The County has been developing this regional trail system since February 2000. When completed, the entire trail system will cover an estimated 750 miles. Phase II of the Maricopa Trail plan, adopted October 2003, encompasses the southeast valley and the connection to the San Tan Mountain Regional Park through the Sonoqui Wash.

All the trails in Queen Creek other than the Wash bottoms (reserved for equestrian) are multiuse trails, perfect for hiking, bicycling, equestrians, jogging and rollerblading. Over the next several years the Town will be investing in improvements to the trail system, including connecting the Sonoqui and Queen Creek washes to create an 11-mile loop through the community.