In 1916, the Paul Litchfield of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company purchased thousands of acres of land. The area is known as Litchfield Park for this reason. The company used these acres to produce long-staple cotton for their tires and Litchfield Park became the headquarters of all the Goodyear Farms operations throughout Arizona and one of the largest company towns in the Southwest. The company recruited approximately 2,000 men from Mexico in 1916 to help clear and till the land, dig the canals, and plant hundreds of acres of cotton needed for large-scale agricultural production. The small community that formed as a result of the Goodyear Farms cotton industry first became known as "Egypt" for the Egyptian cotton grown there and then, finally, was called "Goodyear."
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