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For more than 100 years, the area around Scottsdale and Indian Bend roads has attracted modest farmers, land speculators, captains of industry, Arabian horse and Angus cattle breeders, tourists, railroad history buffs, family picnics, veterans, civic group events, shoppers and diners. Look at some of the highlights of this historic crossroads.

By Brianna Moore The Entertainer! “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” On July 16, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins embarked on a valiant mission to become the first people to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon. After about 76 hours of space travel, on July […]

Kate Bacon, The Entertainer! Some 1,500-plus years ago, at the intersection of the complex canal systems that supported their ancient agricultural-based society on the Salt River, the Hohokam established a pre-Columbian village where families lived and flourished. Population estimates range from 24,000 to 50,000 people. Today, it’s the location of perhaps the least buzzed about […]

By Marshall Trimble The tall, lanky prospector brushed back his thick, matted, unkempt hair and looked out across a jumble of high mesa hills, scanning the rough terrain east of the San Pedro River. Somewhere out there he reckoned, lay the vast riches he had long sought. It was a well-known fact that this virtually […]

Phoenix and the surrounding cities often seem like new developments because of the massive expansion and renovation in the past few decades. However, the area actually saw quite a bit of history before that. For history buffs, there are a number of places you can go to explore these fascinating prior days. As an example, many of the […]

One thing you can always say about Phoenix is that it constantly changes. If you go away for a few years and come back, there are always new buildings in the place of old buildings. Of course, if you look very carefully, you can still see familiar buildings here and there. Let’s visit downtown Phoenix […]

Time-travel with us to Phoenix in 1922. The image that we’re about to dive into is from the McCulloch Brothers Collection, which ASU just released online recently. It shows the west side of Central Avenue between Adams and Monroe. Specifically, a spot just north of the Heard Building (the one on the left, which is […]

Let’s go history adventuring to an area of downtown Phoenix that should look familiar to you – looking south on Central Avenue from Monroe Street. Of course, this photo came from 1926, so there are some differences. To avoid confusion, the trolley tracks at the lower edge of the photo run along Monroe. No track existed […]

Let’s take a walk back in time to 1915 when Phoenix was a city of trees. It looks strange, doesn’t it? Old-timers remember Phoenix before the trees. Fifty years ago this area was just open desert, with riparian areas featuring a tangle of mesquite, wide and low to the ground. Then, beginning in the 1860s just after […]

Drive down I-17 between Thunderbird and Cactus Roads in Phoenix and to the west you will see the Calvary Community Church sign with its big, recognizable star. You probably think nothing of it; after all, a star seems appropriate for a church. However, most people don’t realize that the star was there first. Time travel […]

Let’s take a walk down Tempe, Arizona’s Mill Avenue in 1899. We start from the outskirts of town, at about where University Avenue exists nowadays, and walk north. The two-story building that we see on the right is Laird and Dines Drug Store on 5th Street. This building will be “modernized” with stucco in the 1930s and then returned […]

Brad Hall, History Adventuring / Edited for Phoenix.org If you drive around the Valley much, you’ll notice the “becomes.” For example, in Glendale, Dunlap Avenue becomes Olive Avenue, and at the edge of Tempe and Scottsdale, Rural Road becomes Scottsdale Road. One of the more interesting “becomes” happens near Piestawa Peak as Glendale Avenue becomes Lincoln […]

Long-time Phoenix residents will agree that the city changes frequently; old buildings are regularly torn down and new buildings spring up. People who grew up here, or even stay for a few years, see this cycle over and over again. At the risk of sounding poetic, Phoenix does resemble the legendary Phoenix Bird, which sees a […]

As you probably know, Phoenix’s major surface streets generally follow a standard north-south, east-west grid layout. The exceptions occur when roads wind through the hills or mountains, and one other spot that doesn’t seem to call for an obvious curve. If you drive around central Phoenix, you probably know that 7th Avenue contains a gentle curve — called the Melrose […]

Anyone who lives in Phoenix for more than a few years knows that things change quickly. New office buildings shoot up, old buildings go away, stores come and go, streets widen and the hot spots shift. So imagine the kind of changes that happen in the course of 50 years. Step back in time five decades […]

On the short list of America’s greatest and most profound architects, Frank Lloyd Wright’s imprint can be seen across the U.S. and around the world in the design of iconic homes and commercial buildings. According to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving Wright’s legacy and impact, the master architect “designed 1,114 […]

The Valley’s Hotel San Carlos in Downtown Phoenix bears two titles: operating hotel and tourist attraction. Built in 1928, this historic boutique hotel was, at the height of its popularity, a frequent go-to for members of Hollywood’s Golden Age — Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Mae West, Gene Autry and Marilyn Monroe, among them. But even […]

There’s something special about the Valley’s historic hotels for both locals and visitors alike. These locales aren’t just “old buildings” but also living landmarks where you can see – and be a part of – local history. While historic hotels dot the Valley and the state in droves, here are ten of our favorites. 1. […]