Outlook in Phoenix
is one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, thanks to its dry, warm
climate, its wide range of recreational opportunities, and its industrial
diversification. Located on the Salt River in south central Arizona,
the city is set in the center of the Valley of the Sun at the eastern
edge of the Sonoran Desert. Once a small farm town whose healthy environment
made it a major tourist attraction in the 1930s, Phoenix has emerged
in recent years as the seventh largest city in the U.S., with a population
mix generating the Phoenix economic growth today includes (in addition
to tourism) aerospace and electronics, finance, commerce, research and
development, agriculture, health services, and planned retirement communities.
Phoenix is served by an international airport, two railroads, two interstate
highways, and many excellent colleges and universities.
area’s points of interest are the historic Apache Trail; Casa Grande
Ruins National Monument; Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural landmark,
Taliesen West; Desert Botanical Garden; Civic Plaza, housing Symphony
Hall and a convention center; professional football, baseball, basketball,
and hockey; Heard Museum, with thousands of archaeological and historical
exhibits; Phoenix Art Museum; Pueblo Garden Museum of Native American
artifacts; and the Arizona Science Center. Nearby are three Native American
finds reveal that the Phoenix site has been occupied for more than 8,000
years. The area was settled in 300 B.C. by the Hohokam people, called
the Canal Builders because they constructed miles of waterways to feed
their crops and villages. They apparently vanished when the settlement
was destroyed by drought. Because today’s city rose from the ashes of
the ancient Hohokam civilization, it acquired its name from the Phoenix,
a mythological bird that consumed itself by fire and arose from the
ashes. The first permanent white settlement at Phoenix was established
in 1867 by Jack Swilling, a farmer who created a canal company to irrigate
the valleys. A patent for the city was issued in 1874 by President Ulysses
S. Grant, and in 1881 it was incorporated as the City of Phoenix. It
was named State Capitol when Arizona was admitted to the Union in 1912.
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