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#EA Tovrea: A Man of Determination, Energy, and Sound Judgment 💪🔋

- Born on March 20, 1861, in Sparta, Illinois, Tovrea had a successful record as a meat salesman in the early days of Bisbee's history 🥩🏭

- Tovrea's Legacy: From Butcher Shops to Castles 🏰🌵

Tovrea, a man of many business ventures, made his mark in Arizona. After leaving school, he engaged in farming and later became involved in freighting and canal acquisition. His role as the general foreman of construction for the Wolfley Dam showcased his leadership skills and knowledge of irrigation systems. 

In 1919, Tovrea founded the #ArizonaPackingCompany, which became a prominent industry in Phoenix. With a state-of-the-art plant and a capacity of three thousand tons per day, the company established itself as a major player in the Southwest's packing industry.

Tovrea's legacy also lives on through #TovreaCastle, a historic landmark in Phoenix. Originally part of the Warner Heights development, the castle boasts stunning cactus gardens created by a Russian gardener named Moktachev. Despite the challenges posed by the Great Depression, Carraro completed the castle and sold it to Tovrea, who owned Arizona Packing Company.

After Tovrea's passing, the castle remained in the family's possession, and today it welcomes visitors as a popular tourist destination. Guided tours offer a chance to explore the castle, admire the cactus garden, and immerse oneself in the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. 🌵🏰🚶‍♂️

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