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Phoenix, Arizona

City with an estimated population of 1,567,924 in 2008; largest city in Arizona and largest state capital in the United States. State capital and county seat of Maricopa County. Occupied by the Hohokam for nearly a thousand years before European exploration but abandoned between 1300 and 1450 due to dessication of the area. Some native settlement remained thereafter. Explored by the Spanish in the 1600s and 1700s; passed to Mexican control in 1821 and American possession in 1848. First settled by Jack Swilling in 1867, who built irrigation channels over the ancient native irrigation system. A settlement grew here that was originally known as Pumpkinville after the pumpkins that grew on the sides of the canals. After several name changes, the town was finally named Phoenix, after the mythical creature that is born from ashes, as the town was built on the ruins of a previous native settlement.

The city grew and was incorporated by the territorial legislature in 1881. The territorial capital was moved here in 1889 due to its central location. It remained capital when the territory became a state in 1912. The city grew as a tourist destination and retirement location in the mid-20th century.

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  • I-17 / Happy Valley Road Roundabouts, North Valley (guest) wrote 2 years ago:
    we just had another wrong way driver kill two young girls and himself, it seems due partly to this circle, do you have any other helpful knowledge of problems with this area ?
  • Barrio 32, 32 (guest) wrote 3 years ago:
  • I-17 / Happy Valley Road Roundabouts, Liane Neubert Miller wrote 3 years ago:
    Chicago removed all theirs many years ago due too accidents! AZ is even more backwards than I thought. But they are cheaper! AZ doesn't care about "near misses" , stress, and panic attacks. All I've seen is a bunch of talk about how people should learn how to drive in them... but if you actually drive CORRECTLY you risk getting HIT!!!! 2 days in a row for me this week. AZ needs to post DIAGRAMS in these intersections ***
  • Cactus Wren Elementary School, Busker (guest) wrote 3 years ago:
    In case of any contretemps, I'll have rich collectanea of this high school.
  • I-17 / Happy Valley Road Roundabouts, Dale Lathrop (guest) wrote 4 years ago:
    That is the biggest traffic mess after 4:00 P. It did not make any sense to widen happy valley road to four lanes and funnel traffic down to two lanes
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