Phoenix: Then and Now

Phoenix: Then and Now

by Paul Scharbach, John H. Akers
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Phoenix: Then and Now by Paul Scharbach, John H. Akers

Phoenix’s origins date back to 700 AD, when the area, named Pueblo Grande by the Spanish, was home to a progressive agricultural community who constructed canal irrigation systems that fed off the Salt River. The U.S. military sparked redevelopment in the Salt River valley by establishing Fort McDowell in 1865. Two years later, Jack Swilling was traveling on horseback through the region and decided the desert setting was an ideal place to establish a new community. The name Phoenix came from the idea that, just like the mythical bird, the new town would spring from the ruins of a former civilization. Phoenix has grown so rapidly that Tempe, Mesa, Glendale, and Scottsdale have now been absorbed into the metropolitan district. This book looks at the city as it continued to grow through the 20th century. Sites include: Washington Street, First Avenue, City Hall, Heard Building, Hotel Adams, Luhrs Building, Phoenix Theater, Orpheum Theater, Hotel San Carlos, Union Station, Masonic Temple, Hotel Westward Ho, Arizona Capitol, Kenilworth School, Grunow Clinic, Brophy College, Arizona Biltmore, Tovrea Castle, and Tempe Bridges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911216469
Publisher: Pavilion Books, Limited
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Series: Then and Now#174; Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 789,091
Product dimensions: 11.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Paul Scharbach is a Phoenix native and a professional photographer with over 25 years' experience, specializing in the production of stock images. John H. Akers is a Phoenix native and the curator of history at the Tempe Historical Museum.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have since bought it for several other friends. I have learned so much about the history of early Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale. The concept of what the building looked like then and what it looks now is a great idea. I have many meetings at the Security Building in Phoenix and it is really exciting to see who built it and what it used to be. Great book for Phoenicians who really want to learn about their city.