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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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$250,000
1115 S UNA Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 1400
Year Built: 1956
Subdivision: BORDEN HOMES
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: INCOME POTENTIAL AWAITS! Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to o...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2018
$345,000
802 W DIAMOND Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 5
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2601
Year Built: 1984
Subdivision: TEMPE ROYAL ESTATES 4 LOT 166-226
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Incredible 5 Bedroom 3 Bath block home on oversize lot in quiet Tempe neigh...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2018
$245,000
1721 S TORRE MOLINOS Circle, Tempe, AZ 85281
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 1712
Year Built: 1974
Subdivision: TORRE MOLINOS
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! This beautiful two level townhome is perfectly ...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2018
$250,000
7187 S PARKSIDE Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 1.75
Square Footage: 1245
Year Built: 1995
Subdivision: FESTIVA TEMPE
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Welcome home!!!! This cute 2-3 bedroom home is a great buy! The front yard...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2018
$309,500
2158 E PALMCROFT Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Open House (08/24/2018 - 3:00 pm)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1792
Year Built: 1970
Subdivision: ALAMEDA MEADOWS EAST
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Adorable and Spacious in Tempe! Incredibly convenient location Only 3 mile...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2018
$319,900
Gorgeous Remodeled Kitchen
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 1166
Year Built: 1960
Subdivision: UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Location, Location, Location! This 3 Bedroom 1 Full Bathroom home has been ...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2018
$309,900
Front of Home
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Open House (08/25/2018 - 10:00 am)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1288
Year Built: 1964
Subdivision: HUGHES ACRES 2 LOTS 141-219
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: STUNNING 3BD/2BA home with precise attention to detail, superior ''curb app...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2018
$272,000
7714 S APRICOT Drive, Tempe, AZ 85284
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1738
Year Built: 1984
Subdivision: Tempe Royal Palms
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: *New Roof as of 8-20-18* Spacious and Clean South Tempe Home on a Corner L...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2018
$324,000
1327 W 14TH Street, Tempe, AZ 85281
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1402
Year Built: 1961
Subdivision: POLLEY ANN 2
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: This beautifully renovated home is move in ready. Extensively upgraded in a...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2018
$349,000
BRAND NEW ROOF and 2 huge saguaros in front!
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2115
Year Built: 1991
Subdivision: PECAN GROVE VILLAGE 2 LOT 1-130 TR A-C
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Beautiful Tempe home with private pool (with removable fence), travertine e...
Last Updated: August - 21 - 2018

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