Levi Ruggles Founder of Florence

Levi Ruggles Founder of Florence (HMHQI)

Location: Florence, AZ 85132 Pinal County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 2.163', W 111° 23.329'

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Civil War veteran Levi Ruggles came to Arizona Territory in 1866 as a U.S. Indian Agent. Recognizing the agricultural potential of this valley, he found an easily fordable crossing on the Gila River and surveyed a townsite here. He called the village Florence, a favorite Ruggles family name, and early in 1869 built his first family home on this site. In August of that same year, with the aid of Governor R.C. McCormick, he secured a post office. Ruggles held numerous public offices, including that of Territorial legislator.
Placed ByPinal County Historical Society and Arizona Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 7:48am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 463693 N 3655350
Decimal Degrees33.03605000, -111.38881667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 2.163', W 111° 23.329'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 2' 9.78" N, 111° 23' 19.74" W
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Area Code(s)520
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 90 Ruggles St, Florence AZ 85132, US
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