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Litchfield Park is a very popular resort destination surrounded by a planned community. The history of Litchfield Park began with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company purchasing the land and then later turning it into a resort area for executives. Eventually, the Wigwam Resort was opened to the public and continues to be rated one of the top in the state.
Today Litchfield Park has a population of 3,800. It sits at an elevation of 1,092 feet. The southwestern climate of Litchfield Park has a summer high temperature of 106 degrees and a winter low temperature of 35 degrees. The town has winding pathways for walking, riding or jogging. All of the pathways are edged with plants and trees. It is no wonder that the town has been designated Tree City, USA.
There are great attractions in Litchfield Park. The Wildlife World Zoo is a wonderful place to visit. You will see many kinds of animals from bats to tigers. The giraffe feeding areas is everyone's favorite. The Wigwam Resort began as a place where Goodyear executives came to stay, but it has become a top rated resort for the public. The Wigwam offers guests three-championship golf courses, along with many activities.
Outdoor activities can be found at the Litchfield Park Recreation Center. The center has a 25-yard swimming pool, wading pool, therapy pool, tennis courts and a multipurpose activity center. It is the place to go to get some exercise.
Don't forget the
Native American Arts Festival in January
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company bought the piece of land that Litchfield Park sits on today in 1916. The company had already purchased the land around Goodyear, but it still need more land. The company was having difficulty getting the long-staple cotton, due to a Germany blockade during World War I. So they decided to grow their own cotton to meet their needs. The land was turned into farmlands for harvesting Egyptian long-staple cotton, which was used in making tire cords, uniforms, balloons and airplane fabric.
Litchfield Park was named after Paul Litchfield, who was Vice President of Goodyear at the time. Paul Litchfield is also credited in coming up with the ideal location for growing the cotton. Litchfield Park eventually became the headquarters for the Goodyear Farms, which had thousands of acres under cultivation.
The company discovered there was a need to build a place to stay for visiting executives to Goodyear Farms. The Wigwam Resort was constructed in 1918 for company executives. Then in 1929, the resort opened to the public. Today, the 75-acre Wigwam Resort and Country Club has become a top rated place to stay in Arizona. The resort is consistently marked one of the best.
From 1931 through 1944 Litchfield Park was the test site for Goodyear auto, truck and tractor tires. Then in the 1960's, a master planned community was developed. This community is a popular place to live today.
In 1987, the town was incorporated. Litchfield Park has a public library, swimming pool and several parks for its resident's enjoyment. The town has beautiful surroundings, a small town atmosphere with nearby metropolitan advantages.