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Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Phoenix originated in 1866 as a hay camp to supply Camp McDowell.
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Fun fact: In the late 1800s, Phoenix was named "Pumpkinville." Pumpkins were not grown in Phoenix.



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  • 1866 - Phoenix originated in 1866 as a hay camp to supply Camp McDowell.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources /state-facts/ arizona.html

  • Phoenix founded
    In 1867, Jack Swilling of Wickenburg stopped to rest his horse at the foot of the north slopes of the White Tank Mountains. He looked down and across ...Read MORE...


  • 1881 - February 5 - Phoenix, Az incorporates

    historyorb.com

  • 1889 - State capital moved to Phoenix from Tucson


  • 1895 - Phoenix
    Phoenix, fee'nix, a city, since 1890 the capital of Arizona and the seat of justice of Maricopa co., 226 miles N.E. from Yuma, and 35 miles N. of Mari...Read MORE...


  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    Southern Pacific Depot
    Postcard
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    Hotel Adams and Valley National Bank Building

    "Built in 1896, Phoenix's original Hotel Adams... was the city's first luxury hotel."
    azcentrel.com

    "The Hotel Adams, Phoenix’s first luxury hotel, was destroyed by a fire in 1910..."
    dtphx.org
    Postcard
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona (1902)
    Postcard
  • 1903 - MUCH DYNAMITE EXPLODES.
    PHOENIX, Ariz., June 5.- An explosion was heard here tonight in the direction of Alhambra. A freight train on the Santa Fe, Prescott & Phoenix has not...Read MORE...


  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    The Fair Grounds
    Postcard
  • 1906
    Phoenix, a city, since 1890 the capital of Arizona and the seat of justice of Maricopa co., 226 miles NE. of Yuma, on the Southern Pacific and the San...Read MORE...


  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    High School, 1908
    Postcard
  • News 1910 - UTTER DESTRUCTION OF HOTEL ADAMS. ARIZONA'S MOST FAMOUS HOSTELRY WRAPPED IN FLAME AND SMOKE WAS THE TERRIFYING YET GORGEOUS SPECTACLE WHICH SMOTE THE EYE OF THE EARLY RISING CITIZEN.
    GUESTS CALLED FROM THEIR BEDS TO ENCOUNTER A STIFLING ATMOSPHERE IN THE CORRIDORS WHICH TO THE LATER ONES HAD BECOME IMPASSABLE - THE ESCAPE OF ALL WA...Read MORE...


  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    Court House, 1910
    Postcard
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    Looking West from Third Street
    Postcard
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    Indian School, 1915
    Postcard
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    Irrigation Canal and Came Back Mountain, Phoenix, Ariz.
    Postcard
  • 1929 - February 8 - KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions

    historyorb.com

  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    Post Office and Westward Ho., N. Central Ave.
    Postcard
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    State Capitol, 1936
    Postcard
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    The Water Users' Buildings

    Description: Phoenix Water Users Building
    Address: Van Buren and Second Avenue, near site of Y.M.C.A. Building
    Type: commercial
    Date: ca. 1912
    Condition: demolished
    Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
    Associated... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    Residence of P. K. Wrigley, Biltmore Estates, 1937
    Postcard
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    Good Samaritan Hospital
    Postcard
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1944
    Postcard
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    Church of St. Thomas the Apostle
    2312 E Campbell Ave., Phoenix, ARIZONA 85016
    Established 1950
    Source: Google maps
    Photograph
  • News 1954 - 30 PLANES WRECKED BY 70 M.P.H. WIND.
    Phoenix, June 13. - (AP) - Cartwheeling across rainswept Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, 30 light planes were wrecked yesterday in a 70-mile-an-hour blow ...Read MORE...


  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
    Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal), 1954
    Postcard
  • News 1972 - June 11 - Heavy showers brought 1.64 inches of rain to Phoenix AZ, a record for the month of June.

    The Weather Channel
    June 11, 1972

  • 1990 - The hottest recorded day in Phoenix was June 26, 1990, when the temperature hit 122 degrees.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ arizona.html



Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Phoenix, Arizona, USA


Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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Hotel Adams and Valley National Bank Building

"Built in 1896, Phoenix's original Hotel Adams... was the city's first luxury hotel."
azcentrel.com

"The Hotel Adams, Phoenix’s first luxury hotel, was destroyed by a fire in 1910..."
dtphx.org
Postcard

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
Southern Pacific Depot
Postcard

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona (1902)
Postcard

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
The Fair Grounds
Postcard

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
High School, 1908
Postcard

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
Court House, 1910
Postcard

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
Looking West from Third Street
Postcard



Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
Indian School, 1915
Postcard

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
Irrigation Canal and Came Back Mountain, Phoenix, Ariz.
Postcard

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
Post Office and Westward Ho., N. Central Ave.
Postcard

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
The Water Users' Buildings

Description: Phoenix Water Users Building
Address: Van Buren and Second Avenue, near site of Y.M.C.A. Building
Type: commercial
Date: ca. 1912
Condition: demolished
Architect or Firm: Henry C. Trost
Associated... Read MORE...

Postcard

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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State Capitol, 1936
Postcard

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
Residence of P. K. Wrigley, Biltmore Estates, 1937
Postcard

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
Good Samaritan Hospital
Postcard

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1944
Postcard



Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
Church of St. Thomas the Apostle
2312 E Campbell Ave., Phoenix, ARIZONA 85016
Established 1950
Source: Google maps
Photograph

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Pinterest
Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal), 1954
Postcard
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History and News of Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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  • 1866 - Phoenix originated in 1866 as a hay camp to supply Camp McDowell.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources /state-facts/ arizona.html
  • Phoenix founded
    In 1867, Jack Swilling of Wickenburg stopped to rest his horse at the foot of the north slopes of the White Tank Mountains. He looked down and across ... Read MORE...

  • 1881 - February 5 - Phoenix, Az incorporates

    historyorb.com
  • 1889 - State capital moved to Phoenix from Tucson
  • 1895 - Phoenix
    Phoenix, fee'nix, a city, since 1890 the capital of Arizona and the seat of justice of Maricopa co., 226 miles N.E. from Yuma, and 35 miles N. of... Read MORE...

  • 1903 - MUCH DYNAMITE EXPLODES.
    PHOENIX, Ariz., June 5.- An explosion was heard here tonight in the direction of Alhambra. A freight train on the Santa Fe, Prescott & Phoenix has... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Phoenix, a city, since 1890 the capital of Arizona and the seat of justice of Maricopa co., 226 miles NE. of Yuma, on the Southern Pacific and the... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - UTTER DESTRUCTION OF HOTEL ADAMS. ARIZONA'S MOST FAMOUS HOSTELRY WRAPPED IN FLAME AND SMOKE WAS THE TERRIFYING YET GORGEOUS SPECTACLE WHICH SMOTE THE EYE OF THE EARLY RISING CITIZEN.
    GUESTS CALLED FROM THEIR BEDS TO ENCOUNTER A STIFLING ATMOSPHERE IN THE CORRIDORS WHICH TO THE LATER ONES HAD BECOME IMPASSABLE - THE ESCAPE OF ALL... Read MORE...

  • 1929 - February 8 - KOY-AM in Phoenix Arizona begins radio transmissions

    historyorb.com
  • Phoenix Arizona 1950s


    Phoenix Arizona 1950s (www.youtube.com)
  • News  1954 - 30 PLANES WRECKED BY 70 M.P.H. WIND.
    Phoenix, June 13. - (AP) - Cartwheeling across rainswept Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, 30 light planes were wrecked yesterday in a 70-mile-an-hour blow ... Read MORE...

  • News  1972 - June 11 - Heavy showers brought 1.64 inches of rain to Phoenix AZ, a record for the month of June.

    The Weather Channel
    June 11, 1972
  • 1990 - The hottest recorded day in Phoenix was June 26, 1990, when the temperature hit 122 degrees.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ arizona.html

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