Florence Industry

Corrections

Since 1909, Florence’s corrections industry has been a source of employment for people in Pinal, Pima, and Maricopa County. This industry alone provides approximately 3,500 full-time employment opportunities. Arizona Correctional Industries, a self-funded division of the Arizona Department of Corrections, is also located in Florence and offers a variety of service and labor contracts for businesses throughout the State of Arizona.

Government

As the County Seat of Pinal County, Florence is home to a number of local, county, state, and federal agencies, which provide more than 3,000 full-time employment opportunities. These agencies include the Town of Florence, Pinal County, the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Arizona National Guard.

Tourism

Situated in the Sonoran Desert, Florence is surrounded by a picturesque landscape of rolling mountains and saguaro cacti. Founded in 1866, Florence is home to a true western community with numerous Territorial Period adobe homes and buildings. Named the #2 True Western Town in the United States by True West Magazine, Florence is continuing a legacy of preserving our history to help build a great future.

A unique feature of our community is the Historic Downtown, where a growing number of businesses are setting up shop. This area is also home to the following attractions:

1891 Pinal County Courthouse

Reopened in January 2013, the 1891 Pinal County Courthouse is the second courthouse built in Florence and is now home to the Pinal County Board of Supervisors and other County departments. The Courthouse is the winner of the 2013 Arizona Preservation Foundation Grand Award and is being touted as a prime example of how to integrate contemporary uses and systems into a historic building without compromising function or historic preservation.

McFarland State Historic Park

Operated by the Florence Chamber of Commerce, McFarland State Historic Park also operates as the Florence Visitor Center. Some exhibits are present to educate visitors about the history of this building as the first courthouse of Florence. There are also exhibits about a World War II Prisoner of War Camp and the Father of the GI Bill, Senator Ernest McFarland.

Pinal County Historical Museum

Owned and operated by the Pinal County Historical Society, this museum has numerous exhibits on topics ranging from day-to-day life in Territorial Florence to Native American history. This museum is famous for its exhibit of prison artifacts, including a collection of nooses used to hang infamous criminals.

Regional Tourism Opportunities

Florence is also located within close proximity of these other, truly unique Arizona attractions:

Biosphere 2

This 7.2 million cubic foot, 40-acre campus is operated by the University of Arizona to study various ecosystems in a controlled environment. Biosphere 2 includes oceans with coral reefs, mangrove wetlands, a tropical rainforest, savannah grasslands, and fog deserts.

Casa Grande Ruins

Located in the neighboring community of Coolidge, the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument consists of multiple structures surrounded by a compound wall, constructed by the ancient people of the Hohokam period. The Ruins were designated a national monument in 1918 by President Woodrow Wilson, and became the first prehistoric and cultural reserve in the United States.

St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery

In 1995, six Greek Orthodox monks arrived south of Florence to establish St. Anthony’s Monastery. Today, the Monastery has been considered by many to be the “Oasis in the Desert,” home to numerous gardens, pathways, and gazebos with Spanish fountains. The Monastery is open to the public, but a dress code is required for entrance.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Located in Queen Creek Canyon, three miles west of Superior, the Arboretum was the first botanical institution in Arizona. It was founded to promote understanding for plant-people relationships in the arid and semi-arid parts of the American Southwest. Various exhibits include a Children’s Garden, a Cactus/Succulent Garden, and an Australian Desert.

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