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Chandler History
Tumbleweed Ranch

Tumbleweed RanchThe ranch is a collection of historic homes, buildings, and farm equipment located at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd.

Learn about Chandler’s agricultural past, discover how early farming families lived, and see how they operated their farms in a desert environment. Tumbleweed Ranch is developing four main areas of interpretation: home life, livestock industries, crop farming, and early settler experiences.


School Field Trips

Programs target third grade students and are aligned with Arizona academic content standards. Programs offered 10am - 12 noon. For more information on school programs, click here.  For reservations, contact Tiffani Righero at
tiffani.righero@chandleraz.gov or 480.782.2874.



The McCroskey House at Tumbleweed Ranch
Historic Homes at Tumbleweed Ranch

The McCroskey House
This farm bungalow represents one of the many homes built by early farmers in Chandler. The bungalow was a very popular home style, since it was cheap to build, simple in design, and practical. The Edwards family built this home in 1917. Many families built a home similar to the McCroskey House, often ordered through Sears, Montgomery Wards, Aladdin or other companies. At the present time, the McCrosky House is open for tours during special events. If you are interested in a tour, call the Chandler Museum at 480-782-2874
 

The Edwards House
The Edwards House at Tumbleweed RanchThis bungalow is the “Maples” model from the 1913 Aladdin Company catalog. Will and Grace Robinson built this home a year after Chandler’s founding in 1912. Located at 160 N. Washington Street, this home was among the first to be constructed in the neighborhood east of Highway 87 (now Arizona Avenue) and north of Buffalo Street. The George Edwards family, who built the McCroskey House, moved into this home in 1923 after George Edwards died. The oldest daughter, Bertha, taught first grade in Chandler for 46 years, living in the house until her death in 1989. The family sold the house to the City of Chandler in 2002, during a period of redevelopment in the downtown area. The house is current under renovation and is not open to the public.
 
 

Photo of a tour at Tumbleweed RanchYou can help us develop Tumbleweed Ranch

Are you interested in helping plan Tumbleweed Ranch? Do you have farm equipment or structures you would like to donate? Would you like to volunteer with guided tours, research, or building renovations? Contact the Chandler Museum at 480.782.2717.

Tumbleweed Park
2250 S. McQueen Rd.

South of Germann Rd. on the west side of McQueen Rd.

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