Eloy is in Southern Arizona . It is in Pinal County. The town is lies in the Santa Cruz Basin, in one of the states most fertile agricultural areas. The Picacho Mountains are to the east and the Sawtooth Mountains are to the southwest. Eloy is also situated along the growth zone between Phoenix and Tucson called the Golden Corridor.
Eloy is known for its farming. The citizens are in the business of cultivating a once barren desert and into making it produce a great agricultural wealth. The town sits at an elevation of 1,568 feet. The warm desert climate has a winter low temperature of 40 degrees and a summer high temperature of 100 degrees. The Golden Corridor makes Eloy a town of potential.
In 1902, the Southern Pacific Railroad built a switch about six miles west of the town of Picacho. The railroad named the switch Eloy. There is an unusual and hard to believe it is true story about the naming of the town. It is said that as the train passed through the area, a railroad employee glanced out the window and said, Eloi. This phrase in Spanish refers to the biblical Eli, Lama Sabachthani meaning My God, why has thou forsaken me
Years later in 1918, W.L. Bernard, J.E. Meyer and John Alsdorf purchased the land east of Eloy. They drilled a well and subdivided the land. They proceed to call it Cotton City. Eventually, they also bought the land west of Eloy. This section of land, they divided into tracts for farming cotton.
In 1919, an application was submitted for establishment of a post office. The name Cotton City was used, but it was rejected. The name Eloy was given to the town.
Eloy was incorporated in 1949. Agriculture plays a large role in the towns economy. However, it is working on developing an industrial base. It is growing town with residents that are optimistic about the future.
There is a terrific attraction just 15 miles to the north of Eloy, near the town of Coolidge. The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is the tallest and largest Hohokam building known to exist. The monument is a four-story structure built in 1350 A.D. by the Hohokam Indians. The monument covers 427-acres and is a must see stop.
Eloy has several outdoor activities. The Picacho Reservoir offers fishing and bird watching. There are many rare species of birds that are attracted to this area. The Ocotillo Raceway is a unique motocross racetrack stretching one mile in length. Riders will experience the right mix of sand and dirt to get the best grip possible when racing. There is also a mini-monster track for the little guys. Be sure to check in advance for hours and days.