Oracle, Arizona – August 2022 – Moorish Oasis in the Arizona Desert

In the early part of the 20th century many wealthy people from ‘back east’ made their way to Arizona to live in the dry desert for their health. A man from Chicago named Neil Kannally was one of those people, who came west to recover from TB.

Kannally originally bought a 180 acre homestead, but over the years increased his ownership to 50,000 acres. The homestead came with a small home that Kannally added onto, as well as adding other small cottages.

Eventually in the late 1920s he had a 2600 square foot home built in a Moorish/Mediterranean style.

In addition to the main building, there were a number of small cottages that served as bedrooms, in the same architectural look.

Not what you would expect out in the middle of the desert, it served the family until the 1970s, when the last of the family passed away. Today 4000 of those original acres serves as Oracle State Park, and the home is the centerpiece.

The courtyard and buildings serve as an oasis in the desert as well as the visitor center for the park.

Much of Oracle State Park serves as a nature preserve, providing a safe haven for local wildlife as well as transitory birds. It is a peaceful place to visit, although I would recommend waiting until the weather cools off a bit in October and through the winter.