Queen Creek, Arizona
Queen Creek is a medium-sized town located in Maricopa County, Arizona, with city limits extending into Pinal county. It began life known as Rittenhouse, according to the post office form on file at the National Archives. A community that grew from just a lonely railroad stop, in 1919, C.H. Rittenhouse constructed the stop to ship goods from his farm. Picket Post Creek flowed through Queen Canyon, and when the Silver Queen Mines was opened, and the railroad stop fell out of use, locals renamed the area for the creek.
In the early 1900s, the communities’ founding families were drawn to this region of the Sonoran Desert by the opportunity to farm cotton, potatoes, and corn. The valley below the San Tan Mountains provided a safe haven for early Native American communities and the homesteaders who lived in the area. Citrus, pecans, cotton, vegetables, and other crops provide for local families even today, and the Queen Creek Wash is an important part of the town’s plans for future recreational trails and open space.
Queen Creek, or QC as many locals refer to it, is a town that places heavy emphasis on spending time outdoors. Two large trail systems make their way through the city, connecting most of the major parks. The Queen Creek Wash Trail, which is 4.7 miles long, weaves through the town providing connectivity to different districts with accessibility available from residential neighborhoods. It follows the Queen Creek Wash and runs through Founder’s Park, which has a new 4,000 square-foot splash pad, perfect for cooling off from the Arizona sun. It ends at Desert Mountain Park, which features athletic fields, picnic areas, and playgrounds for children. The Sonoqui Wash Trail zigzags through the rural desert landscape. The town opened a new 1.3-mile section of trails at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center through a partnership with Maricopa County. This addition was part of the latest portion of the three-phase Maricopa Trail plan, which has an ambitious goal of having the trail system cover approximately 750 miles when it is finished.
For a great time, that’s also a local signature, be sure to bring the whole family to Roots N’Boots Rodeo in the Springtime. The event celebrates Arizona culture, history, and the local heritage with games, interactive entertainment zones, and live performances. They put on a carnival, barrel races, a petting zoo, and even the Mutton Bustin’ ride for younger children. On the Sunday of the show, the Arizona Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association put on a display of accuracy, discipline, and the results of intense training that you won’t likely forget anytime soon. Another unique spot is the state’s only working olive mill, Queen Creek Olive Mill. Take a tour and learn all there is to olive oil. Schnepf Farms, designated as an “Arizona Treasure” by the governor, has a U-Pick Garden where you can pick vegetables to bring home, and more.
Queen Creek is a wonderfully quaint town with smiling neighbors, and a lot of outdoor recreation, but it can be hot, hot, hot. When you live in a place with a desert climate, it’s extremely important to maintain control of your home’s temperature and air quality. Sometimes, however, air conditioners go on the fritz, heaters break, and air quality improvement machines fizzle out and die. If you’ve got issues with your home temperature and you live in Queen Creek or the surrounding area, get in touch with Norris Air. We can use our over 49 years’ experience to fix your problems quickly and professionally. Contact us today for an estimate.