It saddens me to report that the old Waddell Ranch site; also the site of the Duncan Family Farm festivals; is scheduled for demolition later this month. The many buildings on the corner of Indian School Road and Cotton Lane were built beginning in 1942 by Donald W. Waddell.
The City of Goodyear has owned the property for several years, purchasing it from Duncan Family Farms after a dispute with the city regarding the farms proximity to Luke Air Force Base flight paths. All of the remaining 9 buildings will be demolished as well as the last of the wind break trees along Cotton Lane. These eucalyptus trees were planted in the late 1940’s.
Perhaps the biggest loss, will be the historic Pugh’s Store which holds many memories for long time residents in the west valley. More recently, Arizona school children received their education about farming at the Duncan Family Farms.
If you have a special memory about the Waddell Ranch or Duncan Family Farms, I would like you to post it here, or send it to me. I am collecting stories and photos along with a written history of the property for the Litchfield Park Historical Society archives. If we cannot save the buildings, we can work together to save the stories.