Arizona Cotton Land
Dedicated to Commercial Fields

Arizona Cotton Land Dedicated to Commercial Fields

Corner of S. Fulton Ranch Boulevard and S. Iowa Street
Chandler, Maricopa County, Arizona
33.236999468970666, -111.8482142321741

Across from Fulton Elementary School on S. Iowa Street

Historical Significance:
The marker reads, “Arizona Cotton Land / The land surrounding this cemetery represents the beginning of commercial cotton growing in Arizona. In January 1917, during World War I, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company [of Akron, Ohio,] founded the Southwest Cotton Company to begin producing long-staple [Pima] cotton initially for [airplane tires and then for] domestic and military use. People came from across the United States and Mexico to start a new life in the cotton fields [which led to the founding of Goodyear, Arizona.] Migrant workers and their labor laid the agricultural foundation of the East Valley.  / Dedicated by the Gila Butte Chapter / National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution 2009.”

Pima cotton is still available today as a luxury fiber.

Located behind the marker is the Goodyear Cemetery (formerly the Goodyear-Ocotillo Cemetery), an abandoned  cemetery within the Fulton Home subdivision, which has been preserved by community groups.


Gila Butte Chapter, NSDAR

A snapshot of the marker set in a gravel area. Marker text is in the body of this page.
Arizona Cotton Land marker, September 2018.
A collage of two snapshots that show the location of the marker.
Marker setting, undated images.


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