The roots & history of McCormick Ranch

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By Melissa Rosequist | YourValley

McCormick Ranch is celebrating its 50th anniversary this fall, marking five decades as one of Scottsdale’s most popular and sought-after areas.

What some people may not know is McCormick Ranch isn’t just an affluent neighborhood. Its legacy is steeped in local history and accolades.

The community started out as ranch land and eventually turned into the first and largest master-planned community in the western United States, yielding a significant spot in Scottsdale’s narrative that now accounts for more than 8,400 single-family homes, 912 apartment units, several businesses, schools, a local hospital, parks and community amenities. About 27,000 Scottsdale residents call the area home, officials there say.

Some of Scottsdale’s core attributes come from McCormick Ranch, such as the popular Arabian Horse Show held every year to WestWorld. That legacy began on the ranch. Another landmark in Scottsdale, the Fifth Avenue shops in Old Town, came to fruition with the help of the McCormick family. And of course, the beloved McCormick-Stillman Railroad park enjoyed by about 1 million visitors every year.


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