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Chandler is located 20 miles southeast of Phoenix and has been the home of innovative, forward-thinking people for many decades. As Phoenix began to grow in the late 19th century, a young veterinarian decided to aquire several acres of the surrounding land. Dr. Alexander J. Chandler took a few business gambles with his new acquisition, and the 18,000 acres known then as Chandler Ranch were soon split into lots and sold as the new town of Chandler. Once the town was established in 1912, Dr. Chandler relied on industrial agriculture and the new, lavish San Marcos Hotel to attract new residents. Later, Dr. Chandler brought Frank Lloyd Wright to redesign downtown and build a new hotel. During World War II, several families and businesses came to the area because of the new Williams Air Force Base. Following the war, high-tech businesses and bioscience firms created a new economy in Chandler, which led to a modern patchwork of people who represent Chandler today.
About the Author
In this volume, authors Jody A. Crago, Mari Dresner, and Nate Meyers, staff members of the Chandler Museum, gathered more than 200 historic images primarily from the extensive archives of the Chandler Museum to illustrate the unique story of their community.
Table of Contents
1 Doctor Chandler and the Greening of the Desert 11
2 The San Marcos Hotel 27
3 Chandler, "The New Pasadena" 41
4 Industrial Agriculture 59
5 Cotton and Goodyear 73
6 Frank Lloyd Wright and a New Vision for Chandler 83
7 Williams Air Force Base and World War II 97
8 A Community of Organizations 107
9 Chandler, a Leader in the Valley 119