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Florence Independent circulates to a town that is home to a rich history and famous town attractions.

Founded in 1866 by former Civil War veteran Levi Ruggles, also known as the “Father of Florence Arizona,” has evolved into one of the most historical landmarks in Arizona.

Florence is one of the oldest non-native towns in Arizona ranking 6th among them all. Florence at first was a small farming and ranching town during that time. In 1875, silver was found northeast of Florence and the mining made the town’s economy boom. Later in 1875, Pinal County was created, and Florence became the county seat.

According to Pinal County Historical Museum Executive Director Society Stephanie Joyner, the town is home to 100 commercial and residential properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Many still on the same structures that date back to the 1800s.

Historic recreational landmarks include the Gila River, which runs through the town.

“Another significant landmark is Poston's Butte also known as F Mountain located on Hunt Highway. Poston's Butte is a mountain with a "F" on the side that has a pyramid at the top of the mountain,” Ms. Joyner said. “This pyramid is the final resting place of Charles Poston who was known as the Father of Arizona. Poston is most well-known for lobbying Congress and convincing President Lincoln to separate the territory of Arizona from New Mexico. This was the first step in Arizona's statehood.”

The Junior Parada, the world’s oldest children’s rodeo, takes place every Thanksgiving weekend.

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