Just a century ago, the now-tony tourist destination of Scottsdale was a tiny farming village in the pristine desert east of Phoenix. Named for its 1888 homesteadersU.S. Army chaplain Winfield Scott and his wife, HelenScottsdale remained a farming and ranching community through World War II. After the war, businesses and families flocked to Scottsdale for its climate and unlimited opportunitiescreating a place they branded “The West’s Most Western Town.” Throughout the decades, residents and visitors alike have enjoyed adventures in the desert; a thriving arts, crafts, and cultural community; a healthful climate and healthcare industry; and fun-packed events and outdoor sports. Residents have had the additional benefits of living and working in a great hometown, with excelling schools, an international reputation for environmental preservation, and a diverse economy that boasts an eclectic array of businesses.
About the Author
Joan Fudala is a community historian, writer, and civic leader who is dedicated to preserving and restoring Scottsdale’s heritage. She authored Historic Scottsdale: A Life from the Land, published over 300 articles on Scottsdale history, and produced videos and lectures on local history. She gathered the images for this book from a variety of sources, including the Scottsdale Historical Society, Scottsdale Public Library, Arizona Historical Foundation, and private collections.