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National Register of Historic Places

Currently, the greater Oro Valley area has two historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sutherland Wash Archaeological District
A large area in Catalina State Park that includes the lower portion of Sutherland Wash and the vicinity of its junction with the Cañada del Oro. Listed in 1987, the district consists of 38 mostly undisturbed archaeological sites ranging in age from the Archaic period to the historic period of the late nineteenth century. A portion of the district, including its largest site, Romero Ruin, falls within this area.

Steam Pump Ranch
The home of early settler George Pusch and his family, the Steam Pump Ranch is located along the west side of Oracle Road just north of its intersection with First Avenue. Twenty structures still stand on the property, 13 of which are considered contributing elements of the historic ranch.

Another property listed on the National Register that falls just outside the greater Oro Valley area is the Sutherland Wash Rock Art District This 30 acrea area along Sutherland Wash holds an estimated 1,500 petroglyph elements, one of the largest concentrations of prehistoric rock art documented in southern Arizona.

The entire cultural resources inventory greater Oro Valley area is included in the proposed Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area, which encompasses the portion of the Santa Cruz River watershed from the international border with Mexico to the Pima-Pinal county line. The National Register sites and districts already designated in the study area, along with additional sites and districts designated through future work, will be an important part of the National Heritage Area and contribute to the attraction of the Oro Valley area for both local residents and visitors.

See list of archaelogical sites in the greater Oro Valley area.

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