A Completely Different DesertClick here to play the story:
Despite being a National Monument, Papago Saguaro was nearly impossible to access. Visitors had to tackle cholla, mesquite, palo verde and other brush to reach the buttes. The Phoenix Chamber of Commerce organized a committee to make the park more accessible. On February 14, 1916 – Arizona’s fourth birthday – many Phoenicians gathered to build a road through the buttes that stretched almost a mile. After their day of hard labor, the women hosted a barbecue for the temporary construction crew. Since then, Papago Park has evolved into a completely different desert.