La Loma Homestead
La Loma Homestead: The Gift
In 1916, Mr. Litchfield eyed the hill north of Goodyear Tire Company’s Litchfield Ranch as a unique place for a family retreat. In 1919 he purchased an 80-acre property including that hill, plus other adjoining land parcels to ultimately total 365 acres. He aptly named his desert property Rancho La Loma.
A visionary, Mr. Litchfield began grading land and planting trees and plants, cleverly irrigating the La Loma hill in arid
In the mid seventies, following the deaths of Paul W. and Florence Litchfield, their daughter, Edith Litchfield Denny, and her husband Wally, decided to move from
Edith passed away in 2001 but her husband continued to reside at La Loma. With the death of Wally Denny in June, 2008, the 20-acre La Loma Homestead was offered to the City of Litchfield Park as a gift from the Edith and Wally Denny estate. At their May 20, 2009 meeting the Litchfield Park City Council formally accepted the gift.
Adapted from an article from the Litchfield Park Historical Society's Spring 2009 Litchfield Legends newsletter. Reprinted with permission from the Litchfield Park Historical Society.
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Before and After Photos