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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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$999,900
This completely renovated home is located in the highly coveted subdivision of Buena Vista Ranchos has great curb appeal due to a classic ranch look.
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 6
# of Bathrooms: 4.2
Square Footage: 4459
Year Built: 1973
Subdivision: BUENA VISTA RANCHOS
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Fantastic custom remodel in Buena Vista Ranchos. Six bedrooms, (two master...
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Last Updated: October - 19 - 2019
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$214,500
1613 E SOUTHERN Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 1704
Year Built: 1970
Subdivision: PARK RIVIERA 2 TOWNHOUSES
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: IDEAL TOWNHOUSE WITH 2 LARGE MASTER SUITES! First Master Suite features a l...
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Last Updated: October - 19 - 2019
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$310,000
Updated Kitchen, Brand New Flooring, Brand New Microwave
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1538
Year Built: 1971
Subdivision: KNOELL TEMPE 3
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Voted BEST Home on Tour!Solid Block construction in Central Tempe, ready to...
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Last Updated: October - 19 - 2019
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$599,990
1420 E COMMODORE Place, Tempe, AZ 85283
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2510
Year Built: 1973
Subdivision: The Lakes
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Gorgeous completely remodeled WATERFRONT home located in the highly desirab...
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Last Updated: October - 19 - 2019
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$329,900
1115 W 17TH Street, Tempe, AZ 85281
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1274
Year Built: 1959
Subdivision: PARKSIDE MANOR 4
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: You will fall in LOVE with this beautifully updated single story home in an...
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Last Updated: October - 19 - 2019
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$260,000
2331 E LA JOLLA Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1288
Year Built: 1970
Subdivision: KNOELL TEMPE 2
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Fantastic Opportunity in Highly Sought after Tempe Community. Single level ...
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Last Updated: October - 19 - 2019
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$264,900
1747 E GAYLON Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 4
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1765
Year Built: 1971
Subdivision: COLONIA DEL SUR (PLANNED AREA DEV)
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: LARGE 4BR 2BA,POOL, Close to ASU - LARGE FOUR (4) BEDROOM TWO (2) BATHROOM ...
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Last Updated: October - 18 - 2019
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$355,000
1037 E MAGDALENA Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1652
Year Built: 1972
Subdivision: TEMPE ROYAL PALMS 12
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: This 3 bed/ 2 bath SUGGS built BLOCK home is waiting for you! NO HOA!!! Sp...
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Last Updated: October - 18 - 2019
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$201,500
5635 S WILSON Street, Tempe, AZ 85283
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Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1300
Year Built: 1982
Subdivision: PEPPERWOOD TOWNHOMES UNIT 2 LOT 120-196 TR A-D
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: Welcome Home! To this comfortable single level townhome with 2 car garage, ...
Status: Active
Last Updated: October - 18 - 2019
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$735,000
2808 S BALA Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Open House (10/25/2019 - 11:00 am)
Property Type: Residential
# of Bedrooms: 5
# of Bathrooms: 4
Square Footage: 4405
Year Built: 1974
Subdivision: SHALIMAR
City/Town Code: Tempe
Description: AWARD-WINNING, ONE OF A KIND, CUSTOM, GOLF COURSE home designed for enterta...
Status: Active
Last Updated: October - 18 - 2019
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