It all started with cotton. Oddly enough, cotton grows exceptionally well in the Arizona soil and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company took notice when they found that cotton helped to lengthen the life of their famous tires. Goodyear bought 16,000 acres of Arizona land to begin farming cotton.
In 1918, the company set up the first building on the site--the Organizational House, which served as lodgings for ranch suppliers. They suggested, as did the company's executives who often brought their families to the ranch, that the site would be perfect for a winter vacation spot.
The company took their advice and on Thanksgiving of 1929, The Wigwam officially opened as a guest ranch with a maximum capacity of 24 guests. A golf course with nine holes was built in 1930, with nine more holes following in 1941.
After 80 years and many changes to the site, the Organizational House still stands as a reminder of The Wigwam's small beginnings.