Home for Saguaros

Home for Saguaros (HM1LS3)

Location: Tucson, AZ 85748 Pima County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 10.863', W 110° 44.067'

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The saguaro cactus before you owes its existence to the foresight of local residents. In the 1920s grazing and development threatened the saguaro's future. Saguaro forests began to disappear as mature cactuses were chopped to make way for new roads. Livestock added to the damage as cattle trampled seedlings. Fearing destruction of the Southwest's saguaro forests, Homer Shantz (pictured left) led the effort that created Saguaro National Park - protecting giant saguaros for generations to come.

Milestones in the life of the park
1928 Campaign to protect giant saguaros begins.
1933 President Hoover authorizes Saguaro National Monument.
1961 President Kennedy adds Tucson Mountains to the monument.
1976 Congress designates 71,400 acres as wilderness.
1994 Congress designates Saguaro National Park.

Photo caption: A great natural area...of the southwest. Homer Shantz, University of Arizona president.
HM NumberHM1LS3
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 13th, 2015 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 525033 N 3560534
Decimal Degrees32.18105000, -110.73445000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 10.863', W 110° 44.067'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 10' 51.78" N, 110° 44' 4.02" W
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Area Code(s)520
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Cactus Forest Dr, Tucson AZ 85748, US
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