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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

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$290,000
2156 S HU ESTA Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 1.75
Square Footage: 1510
Year Built: 1957
Subdivision: HU-ESTA PARK
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: PROFESSIONAL PICS BY THE DAY THE HOME GOES ACTIVE IN THE MLS. Located just ...
Last Updated: April - 25 - 2019
$220,000
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 1452
Year Built: 1972
Subdivision: PARK PREMIERE TOWNHOUSES 1
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: This lovely well kept 3 bdrm Townhome Boasts of a Large MSTR of 17.8 x 15 f...
Last Updated: April - 25 - 2019
$250,000
1412 E REDFIELD Road, Tempe, AZ 85283
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1444
Year Built: 1974
Subdivision: TEMPE GARDENS 17 LOT 1815-1953
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Amazing home in prime Tempe location, right across the street from a school...
Last Updated: April - 25 - 2019
$310,000
Front facing south.
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 1.75
Square Footage: 1386
Year Built: 1964
Subdivision: HUGHES ACRES 3
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Tempe bungalow, perfect for college students, retirees, or small families. ...
Last Updated: April - 25 - 2019
$370,000
75 W EL FREDA Road, Tempe, AZ 85284
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2599
Year Built: 1992
Subdivision: PECAN GROVE VILLAGE
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: GREAT INVESTOR OPPORTUNITY! LONG-TERM TENANT IN PLACE. 4 bed/3 bath two-st...
Last Updated: April - 25 - 2019
$335,000
225 E Strahan Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283
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Open House (04/30/2019 - 3:00 pm)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1980
Year Built: 1974
Subdivision: Tempe Gardens Sixteen (16)
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: This gorgeous home has upgrades! 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a split mast...
Last Updated: April - 25 - 2019
$180,000
1028 S ASH Avenue, 9, Tempe, AZ 85281
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 1
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 646
Year Built: 1987
Subdivision: PUEBLO GRANDE UNIT 1-10
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Sensational urban townhome close to ASU with all the amenities of downtown ...
Last Updated: April - 25 - 2019
$650,000
211 E RHEA Road, Tempe, AZ 85284
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Open House (04/28/2019 - 11:00 am)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 5
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 3362
Year Built: 1986
Subdivision: WARNER RANCH ESTATES LOT 1-130 TR A B
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Look No Further! Not your ''normal Warner Ranch'' house. Home had an additi...
Last Updated: April - 24 - 2019
$179,900
1686 W VILLAGE Way, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Open House (04/26/2019 - 2:00 pm)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1148
Year Built: 1974
Subdivision: TEMPE VILLAGES UNIT 1 AMD
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: This 3 bedroom 2 bath is one of the most sought out layouts within communit...
Last Updated: April - 24 - 2019
$336,000
1943 E FREMONT Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 5
# of Bathrooms: 1.75
Square Footage: 1838
Year Built: 1971
Subdivision: KNOELL TEMPE UNIT 4
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Rare 5 bedroom, 1.75 bath, 2 car garage home in the highly desired neighbor...
Last Updated: April - 24 - 2019

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