What Part Of Tempe History Do You Belong To?

Maybe you are a member of a family whose Tempe roots go back as far as the community’s beginnings in the 1870s – or earlier since there were, after all, quite a few families around here even before the area became part of a new Territorial addition to the United States of America. One could say you “inherited” Tempe history – and have helped build upon it, generation after generation after generation.

Or possibly you’re part of that group of “newcomers” who began swarming into Tempe in the post World War II era of the 1950s (perhaps to use the G.I. Bill to attend Arizona State College) – and started an overwhelming population growth that was to triple the town’s population in a decade, then more than double it again over the next 10 years – and tax Tempe’s resources, schools in particular, for decades. Now you’ve been here long enough to not only consider yourself a Tempe oldtimer but to have added kids, grandkids and great-grandkids to the “native Tempe” mix. You have taken your place as a major part of a change in the course of Tempe history, from small town/agricultural to manufacturing/big business/university city.

Then, again, maybe you are fairly new to Tempe – coming here from somewhere else within the new Millenium, but have already decided this is where you want to stay (and maybe raise another generation or two of Tempe natives!). Wonder what the new “chapters” you will be adding to Tempe’s history will bring to this city by the Salt River banks.

Will there be any place still around to show and tell future Tempeans about what your generations were like and what they contributed to the history of “their” city? No matter which of the groups above you belong to, Tempe Historical Society would like to make you a part of helping keep alive for generations yet to come the essence of what your – and past and future – generations have added, and will continue to add, to the always-changing chapters of Tempe’s history. And you can help do that by something as simple as joining us as a Tempe Historical Society new or continuing member and becoming a partner in efforts to preserve, celebrate and educate present and future generations (your kids and grandkids and great-grandkids maybe) about Tempe’s amazing history and the people who made it.

Upcoming Events

Free Lunch Talks at 11:30 a.m.

October 11, 2017
11:30 AM

Tempe Historical Society presents free lunch talks on the second Wednesday from October through April (excluding December). Join us for light refreshments and interesting presentations from some of the best storytellers and presenters in the area. See our Lunch Talks page for a full listing of programs.

Free Lunch Talks at 11:30 a.m.

November 8, 2017
11:30 AM

Tempe Historical Society presents free lunch talks on the second Wednesday from October through April (excluding December). Join us for light refreshments and interesting presentations from some of the best storytellers and presenters in the area. See our Lunch Talks page for a full listing of programs.

Festival-Hayden's Ferry Days

March 3, 2018
12:00 AM

Hayden's Ferry Days is a free community festival presented by Tempe Historical Society and its partners. Three days of fun begin with a chuck wagon dinner with Tempe Sister Cities at Hackett House on Friday, March 2nd. The next day, a festival showcasing our community's unique and diverse history and heritage features musicians, artisans, vendors, displays, demonstrators, an antique and collectibles market, appraisals, food and fun activities. Sunday highlights several historic houses in Tempe which will be open for viewing and events such as a tea party and lawn games.  Save the dates and keep an eye out for more information about Hayden's Ferry Days on March 2, 3 and 4, 2018!

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Don't miss your chance to see the Migrant Quilt Project - 13 art quilts made from discarded clothing found in the desert along the Arizona/Mexico border. On display at Tempe History Museum through September 22. ... See MoreSee Less

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Enjoy this page of ads from the Tempe Daily News, July 1st, 1964. ... See MoreSee Less

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Dave de NeuiMy mother won that very advertised Miss Tempe contest... no kidding. Then went on and became Miss Maricopa 1965. She did NOT take Miss Arizona 1965. However, she did know Miss Arizona 1964, Vonda Kay Van Dyke, who became Miss America 1965.

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Davis RobertI remember the tg&y AJ Bayless and the Revco I lived in the neighborhood behind that shopping center in 4th grade and there is an Asian gift store in there they had really cool robot toys that are all collectible nowadays

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Gene PenroseMy Mom worked there about that time frame. I believe the owner was Frank Connollly if my memory serves me right

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Jada ShookOMG!! We had a T G &Y in Toledo. When I was a kid, I love to go there too!

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Gail WardI grew up not too far from Valley Fair & when we arrived to the neighborhood in 1972 - these shops were still there, but it was REVCO by then

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Tari Sue Miller-FitzgibbonsI did an ad for Rosemaries in the THS paper many moons ago..😁

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Scott StanekWhat corner was the Valley Fair on?

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Marsha Moriarty BaumgartnerI loved going to T G & Y. It the best stuff for a quarter.

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Matthew AldersonDo you remember the mini fair they used to have? With a Ferris Wheel even. In the summer time.

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Linda Jean BarrettThank you! This is wonderful! 😃👍

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Paul McNeilMiss Tempe!

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We are excited to have Cafe Lalibela Ethiopian Cuisine come to the museum to present an evening of Ethiopian food and culture! Free to attend.
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John asked to see a photo of the Mexican restaurant that used to be on the SW corner of McClintock and Southern. He's talking about Two Pesos of course, shown here in 1988. We love that we have been getting so many requests from you all - we have been doing our best to get to all of them. Let's keep it going! ... See MoreSee Less

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Barry Kintner- I've asked MANY times for photos of ... the Salt River (at Mill Ave) - when it was 'dry' (and we drove NB on the river bottom) - and then a photo when the Salt was running HIGH and the water was lapping at the bottom of the bridge itself. - I - know - that MANY photos of this were taken - especially in the late 70's - when I worked in engineering. .

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Ken OplingerOne of the first restaurants in the Valley with a decent misting system.

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Lee Wilson JrHave you done the Wallace and Ladmo store that was next to Yucca Tap Room?

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Brian HastyI've been trying to remember the name of that place for years! Thanks

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Antony ChavezI went to McClintock high school,.......of course I've been there,.........!

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Jenni WalterWE loved their chicken nachos!!! The very best ever! Many great memories and nights were spent there. Miss it all the time!

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Eric ReyesI miss this place which later became Taco Cabana and I miss that place too. Taco Cabana still exists in Texas. Wished they'd come back. I miss La Madeleine which is also still in Texas. 😢

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Gayle SutherlandTwo Peso's was trying to make a deal with Taco Cabana to go nationwide. Taco Cabana finally rejected the idea so Two Peso's opened in Arizona. Taco Cabana sued Two Peso's for some type of "trade" issue and after a long drawn out court battle that actually went to the supreme court in the 90's, Two Peso's lost. Too bad, I think the we have plenty of room for competition.

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Greg LautzMy high school buddies and I did not frequent this location, but we did the one on Scottsdale and Thomas. So many fond memories of the food and good times we had there

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Tom GilloonOmg! I remember the drive through where the food would come overhead and right to the car window on the outside lane! Thanks for the blast from the past, wow! Maureen Bush Sean Gilloon James Gilloon Nancy Gilloon

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Amy DietzWynne Kennedy and Grace Ann Fox! I was just telling Brian about our late night tortilla and queso runs to Two Pesos in Tucson. Miss you guys!

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Kristi RobinsonI never understood why it went out of business, it always had a line of cars wrapped around it in the drive thru.

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Josh KuehlWe lived off Rural and Carter, there was a Mexican restaurant off the NE corner of Rural and Baseline...Tres Olivos? Got any shots of that one?

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Jon RegnerPretty sure that we helped put this place out of business with the "buy one get one free" McClintock Gold Cards. Richard Tapia Louis Anaya Doug Regner Dan Bindenagel Courtney Yee Skvarla Bianca Victoria Fahy #mcclintock #mhs

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Beth Lenzing-MatthewsOMG i loved that place #41 Soft chicken taco filled magical goodness Barbara Lint Kerstetter oh the late night drive thru's

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Gayle SutherlandWe were just talking about Two Pesos yesterday. We really miss them still. The best mexican "take out" or eat in.

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Lorie Sandoval PedrozaMargarita's were dope back then, I knew a guy that worked there and they would put extra tequila in the machine.

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Mark NealWow. I was just talking about the fajita nachos at Two Pesos. Prob drove there a few times I shouldn't have.

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Donna Blanton WatsonOMG, Cathy McHugh Ernest Liz Hawkins!!!!! Kimberly Mount I miss those chicken nachos SO MUCH I can still taste them!!!!!

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Justin YentesThey had that cool dual-lane drive thru with the track system to bring the food to the far lane. Good food too. 🙂

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Dennis AlonsoI drank many of their 99 cent, .00001 % alcohol margaritas.

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Shannon Williams GronningI'm STILL searching for chicken nachos that compare to theirs!

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Erik LarssonWe would hit that place after Club Rio on the way home.. 99 cent Margaritas.

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Eric ReyesKC Brown remember this place and Taco Cabana?

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Melissa MullinsI used to go there, I wish the Walgreen's had stayed where it was.

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Tempe History Museum added an event.

Tempe History Museum is excited to host a performance from Mariachi Pasion as part of our Women in Local Music series. Mariachi Pasion has a trademark style of blending elements from both traditional mariachi music and contemporary musical sources. The heart of Mariachi Pasion is the group chemistry and the common love and respect for mariachi music.
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