McFarland State Historic Park and Florence Visitor Center
Nestled in the Town of Florence, McFarland State Historic Park is the oldest standing courthouse in Arizona. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the park dates back to the Arizona Territorial period in 1878. The rustic adobe courthouse, office, and jail have plenty of stories to tell about frontier justice in the Old West!
Through the years, the building has served as a courthouse, hospital, and even a jail – and has been the scene of notorious happenings – including gunfights! Legend has it that the Pinal County sheriff, in the face of a dangerous lynch mob, released his prisoners from their cells, sending them upstairs, and even armed the men to help defend themselves.