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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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$514,900
851 E KRISTA Way, Tempe, AZ 85284
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Open House (10/27/2018 - 10:00 am)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2763
Year Built: 1998
Subdivision: COVENTRY TEMPE
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Don't miss out on this beautiful home in the highly sought after Coventry T...
Last Updated: October - 22 - 2018
$364,000
5915 S STANLEY Place, Tempe, AZ 85283
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1652
Year Built: 1973
Subdivision: TEMPE ROYAL PALMS 12
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: This home is the perfect combination of great location and totally remodele...
Last Updated: October - 22 - 2018
$359,000
1046 E BLUEBELL Lane, Tempe, AZ 85281
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2023
Year Built: 1962
Subdivision: PAPAGO GARDENS
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Freshly renovated house with addition of synthetic grass so no landscaping ...
Last Updated: October - 22 - 2018
$599,900
7948 S STEPHANIE Lane, Tempe, AZ 85284
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 3.5
Square Footage: 3438
Year Built: 1996
Subdivision: ALISANOS
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Welcome to Alisanos, one of South Tempe's premier gated neighborhoods. Thi...
Last Updated: October - 22 - 2018
$334,000
1304 E NORTHSHORE Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1840
Year Built: 1972
Subdivision: LAKES TRACT E
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Just listed single level home in the highly sought after Tempe Lakes Commun...
Last Updated: October - 21 - 2018
$225,000
5219 S MONACO Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 1.75
Square Footage: 1368
Year Built: 1975
Subdivision: KNOELL VILLE MONACO
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Owner has replaced AC system 2017 and did some remodeling in the kitchen, a...
Last Updated: October - 21 - 2018
$329,000
2728 S JENTILLY Lane, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 1.75
Square Footage: 1672
Year Built: 1965
Subdivision: TEMPE ROYAL PALMS 1
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Must See! This home has been beautifully remodeled in the last three years....
Last Updated: October - 21 - 2018
$345,000
2610 S ELM Street, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1669
Year Built: 1968
Subdivision: HUGHES ACRES 7
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Move in ready beautiful 4 bed 2 bath house with pool in walking distance to...
Last Updated: October - 21 - 2018
$460,000
612 E LOMA VISTA Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2403
Year Built: 1961
Subdivision: BROADMOR ESTATES ADD 2 & TR A
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Beautiful custom home in sought after Broadmor Estates Tempe near ASU, dini...
Last Updated: October - 21 - 2018
$410,000
2503 E DEL RIO Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 2169
Year Built: 1971
Subdivision: TEMPE ROYAL PALMS 9
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: This BEAUTIFUL Suggs Brick home has been remodeled from head to toe with mo...
Last Updated: October - 21 - 2018

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