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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. 

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Tempe’s First Settlers

The first settlers to move to the Tempe area, south of the Salt River and east of Phoenix, were Hispanic families from southern Arizona.

 

Construction of the First Two Irrigation Canals

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.

Hayden’s Ferry

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. Then within a few years, he had built a store and flour mill, warehouses and blacksmith shops and a ferry. Consequently, this community became the trade center for the south side of the Salt River Valley. 

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Two Settlements Form One Community

Both 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.

Tempe Irrigating Canal Company

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.

The Site for the Territorial Normal School

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

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.

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Roosevelt Dam Completion

The 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.

Arizona became the 48th State

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.

Post World War II

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.

Mill Avenue In Tempe, AZ

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.

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$549,000
Outstanding home, great neighborhood, Kyrene schools
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 3106
Year Built: 1988
Subdivision: ESTATE LA COLINA UNIT 4 LT 145-295
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: PRICE REDUCED $10,000.....Must see this one. you enter the ceramic tiled fo...
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$649,900
Library/Office
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 3110
Year Built: 1982
Subdivision: DUSKFIRE UNIT 2 LOT 1-93
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: This ranch style home, located within the coveted Duskfire subdivision come...
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Last Updated: April - 06 - 2020
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$205,000
Malibu Front
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1092
Year Built: 1980
Subdivision: SOUTHERN VILLAGE ESTATES UNIT 2
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Tempe townhome! Walk through your front door into the open and bright floor...
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$334,900
1839 E SECRETARIAT Drive, Tempe, AZ 85284
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1408
Year Built: 1984
Subdivision: TEMPE ROYAL PALMS 19 LT 1-143 TR A-I
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION. Prime Tempe, AZ neighborhood, 3bed, 2bath plus ...
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$549,000
Front
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 5
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2331
Year Built: 1966
Subdivision: BRENTWOOD MANOR 3
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: View anytime!!!!! ..Near ASU! Unstack the kids in this spacious 5 bedroom h...
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$374,900
1022 E FAIRMONT Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2044
Year Built: 1966
Subdivision: TEMPE ROYAL PALMS 2
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Pride of ownership in this beautiful 4 bdrm home on a huge N/S exposure lot...
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$465,000
1835 E DRAKE Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2311
Year Built: 1994
Subdivision: Oasis at Anozira
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Outstanding 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 3 car garage home on a huge cul-de-sac lot f...
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$360,000
1915 E APOLLO Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85283
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1671
Year Built: 1972
Subdivision: CONTINENTAL EAST 6
City/Town Code: Tempe
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$349,900
Great Tempe 4 Bd w/ Pool
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2050
Year Built: 1969
Subdivision: TEMPE GARDENS 6 LOT 590-680
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Great Remodeled 4 BD / 2 BA with Pool in the heart of Tempe. Near schools,...
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$419,900
209 E BALBOA Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1951
Year Built: 1960
Subdivision: NU-VISTA 2 LOTS 64-125 TR A
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Newly Remodeled This charming ranch style 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home in popu...
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