Casa Grande, Arizona, is located on desert and farmland between Tucson and Phoenix and began as the end of an unfinished railroad linethus its early name, Terminus. On May 19, 1879, when early summer heat halted construction of the railroad in what would soon become Casa Grande, only three buildings and five residents constituted the town. The names reflect the ethnic diversity of the sparse population: Buckalew, Ochoa, Smith, Watzlavocki, and Fryer. In September 1880, executives of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company named the town Casa Grande after the prehistoric Hohokam Indian ruins located 20 miles to the east. This volume illustrates how a desert railroad stop grew into a city. Today, as Casa Grande’s population increases, new neighborhoods, schools, malls, and entertainment venues provide exciting new reasons for living here. However, as the population grows, the town struggles to retain its identity as an agricultural community.
About the Author
Knowledgeable Casa Grande Valley Historical Society members have kept the history of the city alive through artifacts, exhibits, oral histories, and photographs. The photographs selected for this publication come from the extensive archives of the Casa Grande Valley Historical Society and through the generosity of past and current residents.
Table of Contents
1 Passing Through 9
2 What Hath This Railroad Wrought? 17
3 Hard Rock and Hard Times 29
4 Add Water and Stir 39
5 Becoming a Town 61
6 Growing Pains of a Desert Community 85
7 The Historical Society 121
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Succinct without being rushed. I like your style, but trying to fit too much information into one chapter comes across as info-dumpy and can get annoying sometimes, so be careful. Some people can pull it off. &hearts