History Behind Popular Scottsdale Neighborhoods

In Blog, Community News, Real Estate on August 17, 2014 by Community Expert Team
History Behind Popular Scottsdale Neighborhoods

Just like any major city, there are dozens of neighborhoods. Scottsdale has some unique stories behind some of their most popular places to live. Communities such as McCormick Ranch, Gainey Ranch and DC Ranch have great histories.


McCormick Ranch is approximately 4,200 acres of land, covered in beautiful properties and hidden in the valley near the  city – perfect for commuters. The history behind this lovely area, according to AZCentral.com, is that the land sold to Kaiser-Aetna in 1970 after Anne McCormick’s death, and development commenced. The McCormicks, Fowler and Anne, assembled the community that used to be part of an Arabian Horse industry in the Scottsdale area. Now, residents enjoy their homes with a professional golf course just outside.


Another boasting neighborhood is Gainey Ranch, a 640-acre development once home to a Minnesota native named Daniel Gainey. According to AZCentral.com, Gainey made a fortune in the class-ring business, being the CEO of Jostens Inc. – the well-known Minnesota public school photography company – he passed away in 1979. The land was then sold to Markland Properties, like Anne McCormick, he was also a major player in the Arabian horse scene.


Lastly, the DC Ranch suburb of Scottsdale was named for a brand used on the cattle ranch of city pioneer E.O. Brown. He contracted the huge area of land at the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. According to the recent article, the “DC” of the brand may refer to one “Doc” Crosby, a physician, who used the “Desert Camp” area for grazing.


This local update courtesy of your Central Scottsdale Community Expert.
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