The origins of Dobson Ranch reach back to the early history of the east valley when it began as a cattle ranch and farming operation. Wilson Wesley Dobson emigrated from Canada to Arizona and began his cattle ranching and farming in 1886, which is 25 years before Roosevelt Dam was completed. He may have belonged to the Salt River Valley Water Users Association (SRVWUA) who pledged more than 200,000 acres of their land for the federal construction loan to build the dam. As many as 20,000 head of cattle roamed the land where Baseline Road stands.
The 3 C’s give way to Mesa’s Growth and Dobson Ranch
Phoenix’s economic base was built upon the 3 C’s; cotton, citrus and cattle. These staples of economic growth began to succumb to the need for residential developments. In the early 70’s, The City of Mesa purchased enough acreage from the Dobson family to complete a championship 18 hole municipal golf course. Also in the early 70’s, Continental Homes purchased 2,000 acres paving the way for Dobson Ranch which opened in October 1973.
In August 2009, Golf Digest rated the municipal golf courses in The United States and the Dobson Ranch Municipal Golf Course was rated the #1 course in Arizona.
Dobson Ranch consists of approximately 5,000 homes and 15,000 residents, and includes 65 acres of common areas. There are 7 man-made lakes, three recreation centers and more than a dozen tennis courts, four swimming pools, and numerous parks and walking trails and lakeside paths.
Dobson Ranch – Mesa Lake Community and Waterfront Homes
Dobson Ranch offers a pleasing architectural alternative to the many newer lake communities in the east valley developed in the last 10 – 15 years. The mature landscaping, lush park walk ways and older architectural styles provide an encouraging contrast for Phoenix lake community home buyers.
Bordering Dobson Ranch is Dobson Ranch Park, maintained by the City of Mesa. It is also within minutes of Banner Desert Hospital on Dobson Rd. and Southern, and has great access to the US60 and 101 freeways.
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