Oro Valley is celebrating its origins Saturday with Settlers' Day activities at Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road.

Parking, bathroom facilities and landscaping have been upgraded since last year's festivities.

Descendants of German immigrant and Steam Pump Ranch co-founder George Pusch will speak at the event.

Pusch's grandson, Hank Zipf, and great-granddaughters, Barbara McIntyre and Nancy Cobb, will give talks, along with author Barbara Marriott ("Legendary Locals of Marana, Oro Valley and Catalina") and storyteller Van Fowers.

There will also be live music, as well as carnival-style events such as wagon rides, horse demonstrations, face painting and a petting zoo, as well as educational exhibits that focus on desert plants and animals. Self-guided tours of the facility will be available, and food trucks will be on hand.

If you go

• What: Settlers' Day.

• When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

• Where: Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road.

• Admission: Free; donations are accepted.

• For more information: Go to tinyurl.com/buhyevf online.

Did you know?

German immigrants George Pusch and Johann Zellweger established a ranch in the 1870s and built a steam pump for pumping water for cattle on land that now lies in the heart of Oro Valley. The property became known as Steam Pump Ranch.

Source: Arizona Daily Star archives

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at 573-4130 or pvillarreal@azstarnet.com