Peoria, Arizona (Images of America Series)

Peoria, Arizona (Images of America Series)

by Jodey Elsner


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Peoria, Arizona (Images of America Series) by Jodey Elsner

The city of Peoria, Arizona, located 14 miles northwest of Phoenix, was founded in 1886 near the eastern bank of New River by settlers from Peoria, Illinois. The pioneers used the Arizona Canal to irrigate the surrounding dry desert, turning the town into a farming community. Peoria became a stop along the Santa Fe, Prescott, and Phoenix Railroad in 1895 and boasted its own train station and landmark water tower. A small commercial section developed nearby. Peoria was the last, full-service stop on the way out of the Salt River Valley along U.S. Highway 60 (Grand Avenue) before Wickenburg, 40 miles to the northwest. The town began to take shape as a suburb of Phoenix in the latter half of the 20th century, growing from 600 people in 1920 to over 151,000 in 2007. The city continues to expand by population and land annexation. It now includes the popular recreation area Lake Pleasant and extends into a small portion of Yavapai County.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738571102
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 02/25/2010
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,213,206
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

Historian Jodey Elsner has explored the collections of the Peoria Arizona Historical Society and presented here the best photographs, rarely seen by the public, chronicling the dramatic changes within Peoria over the last 100 years.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Familiar Faces 9

2 Building a Town 31

3 Cultivating the Desert 51

4 A Fairyland of Business 71

5 Civic Duty and Events 85

6 Places of Worship 97

7 School Days 105

8 Peoria Today 119

Bibliography 127

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