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population of 180. Today, Vicks-       proud Spring Training home of                 PARADISE VALLEY                    cardboard. This different but vital
burg is a quaint, desert town, sur-    the ever-popular Chicago Cubs               The town assumed its name            piece of town history has been
rounded by ranching, farming and       each March. Additionally, Mesa’s        because of Frank Conkey, Man-            framed for preservation and is one
light industry.                        charming historic downtown area         ager of Rio Verde Canal Compa-           of our most prized possessions.
                                       is fast becoming a cultural hub         ny in 1899. When the promoters               The Town, consisting of ap-
            WENDEN                     with nationally recognized muse-        of the Rio Verde canal project           proximately one square mile
     Wenden was established as         ums including Mesa Arts Center,         oversaw the broad level valley           (973.38 acres), was laid out in the
Wendendale in 1905, by Otis            Arizona’s largest state-of-the-art      in the early spring covered with         early days with 100’ wide streets;
E. Young, after his hometown in        performing and visual arts facil-       flowers and the palo verdes in           although most streets have only
Pennsylvania, where he owned           ity featuring free campus tours         full blossom, they said, “this is        about 40 to 60 feet of paving
a farm called Wendendale. The          weekly for visitors.                    Paradise Valley.”                        and until the past few years no
first post office opened August 3,           To request a complimentary              All attempts failed, because of      sidewalks, curbs or gutters. A $4
1905., with Harry B. Hanna as          Official Mesa Visitors Guide, call      financial problems, to engineer a         million bond program has made it
postmaster and the name Wen-           (800) 283-6372 or visit our web         ditch that would have been 140           possible for Parker to install new
dendale persisted until August         site at: www.VisitMesa.com              miles long with laterals and water       storm drains, sidewalks, curbs,
7, 1909, when it officially was                                                 to cover 250,000 acres.                  gutters and planters in the down-
changed to Wenden.                                   PAGE                                                               town area.
     The town was basically                Page is the Center of the                PARKER TOWNSITE                         In addition to our excellent cli-
founded as a supply depot for          Grand Circle. Located next to               The area currently called the        mate and friendly people, Parker
the mines in the area. In 1907,        Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon          Town of Parker was carved out            is a wonderful place to live or visit.
Wells Fargo Co. established an         National Recreation Area and            of the Colorado River Indian Res-        We hope you will stay awhile.
office in Wenden for the shipping       the Navajo Reservation, Page is         ervation in April, 1908, by Arizona          For more information, please
of gold. Today Wenden is known         the perfect starting point to ex-       and California Railroad. The             contact Parker Area Chamber of
as the “Gateway to Alamo Lake”,        perience the beauty, history and        railroad, selected this location to      Commerce at (928) 669-2174.
one of Arizona’s best bass lakes.      culture of the Southwest. Located       build a railroad bridge across the
It is also the home of the famous      in easy driving distance of Zion,       Colorado River into California.                       PEORIA
“Buzzard’s Roost”.                     Bryce, Grand Canyon, and Capi-              No one is certain how the                Peoria is one of Arizona’s
                                       tol Reef National Parks as well as      town came by its name. Some              fastest-growing communities,
              MESA                     the Grand Staircase – Escalante,        say it was named for the first           covering 180 square miles with a
    Located in the Valley of the       Navajo, Pine Spring, Canyon de          Indian Commissioner, Ely Samuel          population of 150,000. The city’s
Sun, Mesa is just minutes from         Chelly, Cedar Breaks, Wupatki,          Parker, and others say for Earl          tremendous growth has been fu-
Phoenix and Scottsdale. Mesa           Sunset Crater and Walnut Canyon         H. Parker, an engineer for the           eled by its convenient location in
is one of the nation’s fastest-        National Monuments.                     railroad. Both men were quite            the Northwest Valley, with access
growing cities, and is currently the       There is also much to see and       prominent in the late 1800’s and         to major freeways, the state’s
third-largest city in Arizona and      do in Page: tours of Glen Canyon        early 1900’s.                            second-largest lake and proximity
the 38th-largest in the U.S.           Dam, Antelope Canyon, and the               As the railroad began its work,      to Phoenix. This progressive yet
    As a premier travel destina-       Rainbow Bridge, rafting down            there became a greater need for          grounded and well-balanced city
tion, Mesa boasts an outstanding       the Colorado River, boat tours          supplies, services and housing.          is positioned to be a key player in
collection of resorts and hotel        on Lake Powell, John Wesley             Thus, this dry, dusty, little townsite   Arizona’s economic future.
properties, award-winning golf         Powell Museum, golf on the              began to grow.                               Education is a top priority in the
courses, and breathtaking Sono-        spectacular Lake Powell National             Several of the people who           community. The Peoria Unified
ran Desert scenery. Getting here       Golf Course, look down on Horse-        came to Parker in the early 1900’s       School District, the third-largest
is easy via Phoenix Sky Harbor         shoe Bend, watch the sunset at          as a child are still residing here.      district in Arizona, prides itself on
International Airport, offering        Waheap Overlook, experience             They raised their families and           excellent schools, award-winning
more than 100 domestic non-stop        Navajo Culture at the Navajo Vil-       those families are still an active       teachers, high test scores, special-
flights daily, and Phoenix-Mesa        lage, or visit the Trading Posts        part of our community.                   ized programs and championship
Gateway Airport offering non-stop      and many shops and galleries.               As the Arizona Territory grew        sports programs.
flights to more than a dozen small     There are a number of events            to become a State, so did Parker             The city is known for its va-
cities throughout the Western          held during the year: concerts,         Townsite. Early 1947 saw our             riety of recreational programs
U.S. and Mid-West. With more           rodeos, parades and the amazing         “community leaders” organize             and activities. Lake Pleasant
than 320 days of sunshine each         Page – Lake Powell Hot Air Bal-         a drive for incorporation. The           Regional Park, a desert reservoir
year, there are ample options for      loon Regatta to name a few.             Town at that time had 500 inhabit-       with more than 10,000 acres of
outdoor adventure. Visitors can            Information to help you plan        ants. The petition was signed for        water and 13,600 acres of land,
explore the desert on a Jeep or        your visit is available from the Page   incorporation by two-thirds of the       offers hiking, watercraft rentals,
Hummer tour, go hiking, horse-         - Lake Powell Tourism Bureau.           property taxpayers and on June 7,        boat slips, fishing supplies and
back riding, kayaking or tubing        Phone toll free (888) 261-PAGE,         1948, the Parker Townsite became         sunset dinner cruises. Rio Vista
down the Salt River.                   write P.O. Box 332, Page, AZ            the Town of Parker, a general law        Community Park, 2009 winner
    And Mesa is home to two            86040, e-mail info@pagelakepow          town under Arizona Statutes.             of Nickelodeon’s Parent Pick
lakes – the majestic Canyon            elltourism.com or visit our website         The first official meeting of the      Award, is a 52-acre oasis in the
Lake and stunning Saguaro Lake,        at: www.pagelakepowelltourism.          Parker Town Council was held that        heart of Peoria that features an
havens for boaters and water           com Come visit and plan to STAY         night, June 7, 1948 with the very        urban fishing lake, lighted sand-
sports fanatics. Mesa is also the      ANOTHER DAY.                            first minutes written on a piece of       volleyball courts and softball


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fields, a skatepark and a state-of-   sales, home-and-garden expos,
the-art recreation center. Peoria     arts-and-crafts festivals, charity
is also home to more than 35          events and private functions.
recreational trails.                      Across the street, Peoria’s
    The Arizona Broadway Theatre      83rd Avenue Entertainment Dis-
and Theater Works produce criti-      trict boasts one of the highest




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cally acclaimed shows in Peoria       concentrations of restaurants
year-round, and host numerous         and bars in greater Phoenix.
programs and special events each      Diverse shopping centers are
year. In 2007, the city completed     scattered throughout Peoria.
the Center for Performing Arts,       The new Park West offers an
which is home to Theater Works        upscale shopping experience in
and its award-winning community       a “lifestyle and entertainment”
theater and education programs.       environment in southern Peoria.
    The Challenger Space Center       More than 2 million square feet
is space-themed learning center       of retail space is under develop-
and living memorial to the astro-     ment in northern Peoria, including
nauts who lost their lives aboard     Vistancia Centre and Cibola Vista
the space shuttle Challenger in       Commercial Centre. A map of
1986. The center offers a wide        shopping centers is available at
variety of activities, including      www.shoppeoriafirst.com
stargazing, space camps, a plan-          To learn more about Peoria,
etarium and telescope classes.        please visit www.peoriaaz.gov or
    Spring Training home to the       www.visitpeoriaaz.com; “like” the                       Lake Sports (photo courtesy City of Peoria)
San Diego Padres and Seattle          city on Facebook (www.peoriaaz.
Mariners, the Peoria Sports Com-      gov/facebook); or follow it on Twit-   settlement was established. Jack         forests, Prescott is a must see
plex (www.peoriasportscomplex.        ter (@peoriaaz).                       Swilling founded the city. He was        for the outdoors person. Five
com) draws nearly 230,000 fans                                               a Confederate Soldier. When              crystal clear area lakes provide
for Cactus League baseball ac-                    PHOENIX                    the question of what the town            loads of kayaking, canoeing and
tion each year. During the rest          In Phoenix, as early as 300         should be called he came up              fishing opportunities. There are
of the year, the complex hosts        BC, the Hohokams were the first        with the name “Stonewall” after          over 450 miles of recreational
extended Spring Training, Sum-        to farm, building an elaborate         Stonewall Jackson, who was also          trails laced throughout Prescott
mer Rookie League, Instructional      canal system that brought water        a Confederate Soldier. But the           National Forest.
League and Arizona Fall League        from the Salt River. Whites didn’t     idea was denied. The town was                Visitors will find trails for hik-
baseball. Numerous other or-          start settling the area until after    named by Phillip Darrel Duppa            ing, biking, horseback riding and
ganizations, including the city,      the Civil War and the formation        who named it because the city’s          off-road adventures that wind
also use the facility. In any given   of Camp McDowell in 1865. In           irrigation system was developed          through the magnificent moon-
year, the complex hosts a variety     early 1868 about 4 miles east          from the Hohokam remains. He             scape-like vistas of the Granite
of events including concerts,         of the present town where the          also named Tempe after the Vale          Dells, to the top of majestic Gran-
auto shows, recreational-vehicle      flourmill was later erected a          of Tempe in Greece. A town was           ite Mountain and across the pine
                                                                             surveyed in 1870, and in 1889,           draped Bradshaw Mountains.
                                                                             the territorial capital made its final       For the golf enthusiast,
                                                                             move from Prescott to its current        Prescott and the surrounding
                                                                             city Phoenix.                            area offer six golf courses that
                                                                                 The name Phoenix was first           will challenge players against a
                                                                             used officially when the Board of         backdrop of stunning scenery.
                                                                             Supervisors of Yavapai County            Not only are area courses well
                                                                             formed an election precinct by the       designed and exciting to play,
                                                                             name, May 4, 1868.                       they’re affordable!
                                                                                                                          Prescott’s motto is “Every-
                                                                                        PRESCOTT                      body’s Hometown” and indeed it
                                                                                 Prescott is home to some of          is. With over 500 buildings on the
                                                                             the most amazing natural beauty          National Register of Historic Build-
                                                                             to be found in Arizona and is a          ings, Prescott is Arizona’s best-
                                                                             hub of Arizona history, tradition,       preserved town. The Sharlot Hall,
                                                                             art and culture.                         Phippen and Smoki museums
                                                                                 Surrounded by breathtaking           trace the history of the area from
                                                                             landscape and one of the na-             the perspectives of the settlers,
                                                                             tion’s largest ponderosa pine            Native Americans and, of course,



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