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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Jeff requested a photo of Evolution Records and Tapes, located near University and Forest, right behind the Chuckbox. Anyone else remember it? Photo from 1975. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jeff NowakThank you for granting my request. I spent hours in that store because my best friend, Brian, was the manager for many years. One vivid memory: hearing The Cars first album between classes.

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Jim CampI moved into one of Mac McCormick's slum apartments behind Chuckbox in the fall of '82. I don't recall Evolution at all. We went to Tower. Or Roads to Moscow.

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Robert N. BassI remember seeing it but never went inside. Now the Chuckbox, on the other hand - I was in there maybe once a week during my ASU days! From '70-'73 and then '74-'77

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Randy TrumpetYep, used to frequent it all the time. I believe that record store had several names over the years. Odyssey comes to mind as well.

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Fred CohenHow about a pic or two of the Original Minder Binder's.....

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Ethan Jesse Singerprob very soon, for all those buildings to be bulldozed, as the arches went bye bye so will this structure. rip

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Kevin DommerI used to shop there a lot of times. They once held a copy of The Wild The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle by Bruce Springsteen when it first cam out.

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Luis ValenzuelaNope, but I remember Hard Hat Pizza.

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Chris MerrillAnd Byrds Record Exchange.

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Fred CohenLoved the Chuckbox during my time at ASU

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Linda GrayCheck out that motorcycle!

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Bill DormanSpent a lot of time in that store...

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Fred CohenYes...boughr several albums from Evolution

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Ann Elizabeth Scroggins PiedraYep👍

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The artists of the Migrant Quilt Project document deaths on the Arizona-Mexico border by making quilts from discarded clothing and belongings found in the desert. The quilts will be on display at Tempe History Museum starting the evening of Thursday, August 24. Join us at 6pm for a reception and presentation about the project. ... See MoreSee Less

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Las Chollas Peligrosas bring their traditional latin music to the Tempe History Museum stage! This fun performance is family friendly and will include an opportunity to meet the band and ask questions. An exhibit of incredible art quilts from the Migrant Quilt Project will be on display. Free admission!
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Anthony asked about the liquor store on Rural Road that used to have a sun devil standing on the roof. That would be Freddies, on the corner of 8th Street. Photo from 1972. ... See MoreSee Less

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Travis Claxtondoes anyone remember in the 80's that place on the corner of rural and Curry that had all the trampolines outside all put together in the lot.I guess you payed to go jump around

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Mike TobinAll of these memories are part of a song from Hans Olson called "The Sunclub Jump"

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Kathy CiottiRemember it, well

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Charmaine Brock SchlickAnd there are the old tracks! I think it's interesting how the light rail runs down along Terrace on the path of the old tracks for a ways.

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John ToliverThis photo is after they remodeled,it started as a barrio bar ! Adobe walls and all !

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Rick BondOmg! You just brought back so many memories! Thank you!!!!

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Dennis AlonsoAnd his tail, that was always bent around to stick out the front.

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Mark WrightSpent many a halftimes of Sun Devil football games at Freddie's! One of few bars in those days close to the stadium.

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Jerry MillerWhen I was in kindergarten I would detour on my walk home to get candy there in 1953.

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John OdellThe Library Bar just down the street a little bit, partied there alot.

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Cheryl RichardsThat's how I knew where to turn.

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Lesle BevinsBought a few cans of Schlitz there.

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Tom ParentI delivered newspapers there when I was twelve

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Este Bohndid that space become Cluck U?

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Pete PadillaPopcorn jalapeños and beer

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Mitch ColeGreat place.

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Dean NivenLenora Ott

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