Tempe, Arizona History and Real Estate For Sale


Click here for Historic Tempe, AZ Homes For Sale

History of Tempe, Arizona

Following the establishment of Fort McDowell on the eastern edge of central Arizona’s Salt River Valley in 1865, enterprising farmers moved into the area. They dug out the irrigation canals left by the prehistoric Hohokam people and built new ones to carry Salt River water to their fields. Valley farms soon supplied food to Arizona’s military posts and mining towns. 

tempe,az,history,real,estate,homesThe first settlers to move to the Tempe area, south of the Salt River and east of Phoenix, were Hispanic families from southern Arizona. They helped construct the first two irrigation canals, the Kirkland-McKinney Ditch and the San Francisco Canal, and started small farms to the east and west of a large butte (Tempe Butte). In 1872, some of these Mexican settlers founded a town called San Pablo east of Tempe Butte.

Another settlement, known as Hayden’s Ferry, developed west of Tempe Butte. Charles Trumbull Hayden, owner of a mercantile and freighting business in Tucson, homesteaded this location in 1870. Within a few years, he had built a store and flourmill, warehouses and blacksmith shops, and a ferry. This community became the trade center for the south side of the Salt River Valley. 

tempe,az,mill,avenue,real, estate,neighborhood,history,agentBoth settlements grew quickly and soon formed one community. The town was named Tempe in 1879. “Lord” Darrell Duppa, an Englishman who helped establish Phoenix, is credited with suggesting the name. The sight of the butte and the wide river, and the nearby expanse of green fields, reminded him of the Vale of Tempe in ancient Greece.

As more farmers came to settle in the Valley and started raising alfalfa and grains for feeding livestock, the Tempe Irrigating Canal Company provided all of necessary water. With a network of canals that extended several miles south of the river, irrigation water was carried to more than 20,000 acres of prime farmland. Crops of wheat, barley, and oats ensured a steady business for the Hayden Mill. The milled flour was hauled to forts and other settlements throughout the territory. By the 1890s, some farmers started growing new cash crops such as dates and citrus fruits.

In 1885, the Arizona legislature selected Tempe as the site for the Territorial Normal School, which trained teachers for Arizona’s schools. Soon, other changes in Tempe promoted the development of the small farming community. The Maricopa and Phoenix Railroad, built in 1887, crossed the Salt River at Tempe, linking the town to the nation’s growing transportation system. The Tempe Land and Improvement Company was formed to sell lots in the booming town. Tempe became one of the most important business and shipping centers for the surrounding agricultural area.

tempe,az,history,photo,real,estateThe completion of Roosevelt Dam in 1911 guaranteed enough water to meet the growing needs of Valley farmers. On his way to dedicate the dam, former President Theodore Roosevelt applauded the accomplishments of the people of central Arizona and predicted that their towns would grow to become prosperous cities. Less than a year later, Arizona became the 48th state, and the Salt River Valley was well on its way to becoming the new population center of the Southwest.

Tempe was a small agricultural community through most of its history. After World War II, Tempe began growing at a rapid rate as veterans and others moved to the city. The last of the local farms quickly disappeared. Through annexation, the city reached its current boundaries by 1974. Tempe had grown into a modern city. The town’s small teachers college had also grown, and in 1958, the institution became Arizona State University. 

Tempe’s commercial center along Mill Avenue declined during these years. Prompted by Tempe’s centennial in 1971, Mill Avenue was revitalized into an entertainment and shopping district that attracts people from throughout the Valley. Today, Tempe is eighth largest city in Arizona, with a strong modern economy based on commerce, tourism, and electronics manufacturing.

Tempe, AZ Homes For Sale

168 matches found

$340,000
1211 W 14TH Street, Tempe, AZ 85281
View Photos (20)
Open House (08/25/2019 - 2:00 pm)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1550
Year Built: 1961
Subdivision: Polley Ann 2
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Excellent Tempe location on a quiet street at end of cul-de-sac. Close to ...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2019
$284,500
3319 S SHAFER Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
View Photos (30)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1305
Year Built: 1970
Subdivision: WESTWAY PARK
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Newly remodeled 3 bedrooms home with the ideal combination of a superb loca...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2019
$309,900
3100 S TAYLOR Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
View Photos (30)Videos (1)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1478
Year Built: 1969
Subdivision: KNOELL TEMPE
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Welcome home! Located on an oversized cul-de-sac lot with No HOA! Tastefull...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2019
$414,900
52 W CALLE MONTE VISTA Drive, Tempe, AZ 85284
View Photos (41)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 5
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2994
Year Built: 1989
Subdivision: PECAN GROVE ESTATES 2
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Spectacular home located in beautiful Tempe! This 5 bed, 3 bath palace will...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2019
$525,000
1936 E REDMON Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283
View Photos (31)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2722
Year Built: 1979
Subdivision: CAMELOT VILLAGE 3 LOT 140-214
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Camelot Village remodel. This is a top shelf remodel in one of Tempe's mos...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2019
$379,900
1155 E MARIGOLD Lane, Tempe, AZ 85281
View Photos (25)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1642
Year Built: 1968
Subdivision: PAPAGO GARDENS 2
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: The best of both worlds! 2 miles from ASU & just south of the Scottsdale n...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2019
$1,175,000
1101 E WARNER Road, 110, Tempe, AZ 85284
View Photos (55)
Open House (08/24/2019 - 11:00 am)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 5
# of Bathrooms: 4
Square Footage: 4233
Year Built: 1995
Subdivision: LAS ESTADAS
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: A home that truly has it all. Vaulted ceilings, big windows, wood floors, o...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2019
$470,000
1236 E MANHATTON Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
View Photos (32)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2352
Year Built: 1964
Subdivision: CYPRUS EAST
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: This amazing 4 bed, 2 bath home is centrally located in Tempe. No HOA. ~230...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2019
$265,000
3033 S COUNTRY CLUB Way, Tempe, AZ 85282
View Photos (28)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 1.5
Square Footage: 1424
Year Built: 1966
Subdivision: SHALIMAR WEST
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Situated on Tee box #1 and no HOA dues, is only the beginning! Open great ...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2019
$729,000
1350 E Calle De Arcos Street, Tempe, AZ 85284
View Photos (28)Videos (1)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 5
# of Bathrooms: 3.5
Square Footage: 4126
Year Built: 2001
Subdivision: CORONA DEL SOL ESTATES
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Luxury custom home w/200k remodel! Unparalleled craftsmanship. N/S lot + NO...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2019

1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 17
Copyright Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service, Inc. All rights reserved. Information Not Guaranteed and Must Be Confirmed by End User. Site contains live data.

Let's Get Social!