Guayule grew town near Tucson

2013-05-21T12:09:00Z 2013-05-21T12:11:23Z Guayule grew town near TucsonArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 21, 2013 12:09 pm  • 

The Arizona community of Continental, located east of Green Valley at Continental Road, emerged as a company town in 1916 when the Intercontinental Rubber Co. moved in to grow guayule to produce rubber.

Intercontinental built a school, houses for its management staff, barracks for other workers, a chemistry laboratory and a railroad substation.

When World War I ended in 1918, so did the need to cultivate guayule and Intercontinental ended operations a few years later. Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands bought a controlling interest in Intercontinental Rubber and leased the land to a local family that grew cotton.

 In 1948, Farmers Investment Co. (Green Valley Pecan Co.) bought the Continental Farm from Queen Wilhelmina, according to a company history.

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