Basaic Florence Page
"McFarland State Historic Park"
The town of Florence, Arizona was established in 1866 and is the 6th oldest European Settlement in the state. One of the main reasons to visit Florence is probably to see McFarland State Historic Park. The main building for the park was built of native materials in 1878. It started as a courthouse and jail. Later additions were added to make a Sheriff's Office and an office for the court recorder. When a bigger and better courthouse was built in 1891, the building was used as a hospital. In 1974, former Arizona Governor and US Senator, Ernest W. McFarland (the father of the GI Bill) purchased the building and donated it for use as a State Park. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Florence currently has a population of a little over 17,000 and is the county seat of Pinal County.
This is the Florence Court House built in 1891 to replace the one now housing McFarland State Historic Park. It cost $29,000 to build which was pretty expensive at the time. They did not have enough money to put in actual clocks, so they just installed clock faces. Therefore the time never changes. This courthouse is the oldest continuously used public building in Arizona. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Florence has a number of motels and restaurants. I ate here at the Hong Kong Restaurant. The menu was a little limited; but the food was good and the staff was friendly.