History of Carefree
Carefree Development Corporation
Thomas D. Darlington (1904-1969) was originally from Centreville, Idaho. After graduating from Standford University, he worked as a publicity agent in Delaware, then became General Manager for Hillspaugh Ltd. in Sheffield, England. e became the plant manager for Garret Corporation's Air Research in Phoenix during World War II and decided to stay in Arizona after the war.
Kenyon Turner (K.T.) Palmer (1899-1976) was born in Columbus, Mississippi and came to Arizona in 1920 from Illinois, expecting to die of tuberculosis within four or five years. After graduating with a law degree from the University of Arizona in 1934, he homesteaded a 640-acre ranch on the western slope of Pinnacle Peak. Palmer owned and operated the largest second-hand merchandise and gun store in Arizona, became a respected lawyer, ran for U.S. Senator on the Republican ticket and traveled the world.
in 1946, Tom and K.T. met at a Kiwanis luncheon in the Adams Hotel in Phoenix, where the seminal idea of Carefree was born. Years later, both men fouond thmselves working in a Scottsdale realestate office and their previously monumental dream was rekndled. Despie their differences, they both lived by the ideals of thrigt, industry, honesty, and loyalty. They carried out many expensive jont ventures on a simple handshake.
In 1955, a 400-acre goat farm north of Scottsdale was found with an abundant well, and 2,200 surrounding acres were secured. K.T. named their joint business venture the Carefree Development Corp., and the name "Carefree" was regularly used to describe their vision of th Town they proposed. In 1958, th Darlington-Palmer building was finished in the downtown area (that building is now Town Hall) and in 1959, the iconic Sundial was completed.