Images of America: Tempe


Local historian Shirley Blanton gives an overview of Tempe’s rise from a modest array of small farms, the visionary thoughts of an out-of-town entreprenuer, to the vibrant metropolitan mecca, which is now the 7th largest in Arizona.

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Local historian Shirley Blanton provides an overall viewpoint of Tempe, home to more than 165,000 residents, in an area of 40 square miles.  This city in the Salt River Valley area, once populated with just a few small farms, is now surrounded by the cities of Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Chandler.

Charles Trumbull Hayden, a mercantile and freighting businessman from Tucson, homesteaded here in 1870, establishing the community of Hayden’s Ferry.  Soon becoming the trade center for the south side of the valley, the town was renamed Tempe in 1879.

With Tempe chosen as the site for the Territorial Normal School in 1885, and the introduction of the Maricopa and Phoenix Railroad in 1887, new development soon started to flourish, which brought in more people and business.

This publication provides many of the areas additions and improvment which resulted in Tempe becoming the 7th largest city in Arizona.

Published by Arcadia Publishing