Pinal County: Florence

Florence is a living history museum. The sixth oldest non-Native American community in Arizona was founded in 1866. By digging out and using the prehistoric irrigation canals from the nearby Gila River, the newcomers created a successful farming community.

The Arizona Territory created Pinal County in 1875, naming Florence its county seat. Silver was discovered nearby that year and the community boomed. It remains the county seat and evidence of its long history is everywhere to be seen, along with many modern amenities.

McFarland State Historic Park is home to the Florence Visitor Information Center. It’s housed in the original Pinal County Courthouse. Built in 1878, it’s the oldest courthouse still standing in Arizona, as well as the state’s largest surviving pre-statehood adobe structure.

For a deeper look into history, the Pinal County Historical Museum offers many authentic artifacts featuring antique farm equipment, American Indian exhibits, bullet and barbed wire collections, ranch and cowboy displays, prison collections, furniture, wagons, a trading post display, and the Tom Mix collection.

The downtown area is a National Historic District with over 25 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The second courthouse was built in 1891 and, recently restored, is still in use today.

Florence is also home to Saint Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery, which welcomes visitors. The Poston Butte Golf Course was named for Charles Poston, regarded as the “Father of Arizona” for his role in convincing Abraham Lincoln to create the Arizona Territory in 1863. His pyramid tomb is located atop Poston Butte. The Windmill Winery doubles as a winery and a wedding and special event venue.

Bucket List

  • McFarland State Historic Park
  • Pinal County Historical Museum
  • St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery
  • Historic Downtown Florence
  • The Windmill Winery
  • Poston Butte Golf Course