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The Wigwam

History: 
    The Wigwam
 in Litchfield Park

History

Q: Who knew that cotton grew in the desert?
A: Paul Weeks Litchfield, apparently.

Paul W. Litchfield, an executive of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, arrived in the Phoenix area in around 1916 in search of land to farm a type of cotton previously only found overseas. Goodyear had found that cotton strengthened the rubber in one of its most largely produced tires. Cotton grew exceptionally well in Arizona soil and so, Goodyear purchased 16,000 acres of land in this Southwestern state to begin farming the crop.

In 1918, the first building was set up on site called the Organizational House, which served as lodgings for ranch suppliers. The ranch suppliers and the company's executives, who often brought their families to the ranch, said the site would be perfect for a winter vacation spot.

On Thanksgiving Day in 1929, their suggestions became a reality as the The Wigwam modestly stepped into its role of as a guest ranch with room enough for 24 guests. The modest beginnings of the Wigwam are awe-inspiring when experience the resort of the present day. In 1930, the first nine-hole golf course was built, and The Wigwam continued to steadily expand after that.

Today, The Wigwam is a sprawling 440 acres of lush landscape, luxurious Southwestern-style accommodations, water-slides, 54 holes of primo golf, a full service spa, and much more.

The Wigmam, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2010, dates back to 1929.


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