The Rich History of Scottsdale
Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains to the east. It is very often rated among the nation’s most desirable cities in which to live and run a business. It is also a popular tourist destination.
Scottsdale was founded in 1888 and had taken the city’s name from its founders, Winfield and George Scott. The area was meant to be a simple stagecoach landing but after his arrival Winfield had new ideas for the land. In his past he had been a preacher and a farmer, but he began his new role as a land developer by buying more than 600 acres of land. Soon after moving in, Winfield decided to farm and plant citrus trees. As a result of the need for water, they managed to develop a well designed irrigation system to support the farming in the area which included many spacious orange groves.
Hohokam Indians had farmed the land for centuries prior, but the Indian’s numbers decreased over time due to flooding. Their imprint on the city can still be seen in artwork, artifacts, and architecture.
Sometime in the early 1900s, businesses began booming in Scottsdale. A few decades later, people searching for leisure activities began staying at resort properties such as Paradise Valley Guest Ranch, the Safari Resort, the Hotel Valley Ho and Camelback Inn. A few other resorts were then built and the tourism industry boomed. Some of the appeal of these resorts was air conditioning and an “old Western” style stay and experience. Hotel Valley Ho and JW Marriott Camelback Inn are still in business today!
Frank Lloyd Wright, a famous architect, took notice of the development in Scottsdale. As a result, his architectural style and influence can be seen in buildings across the area. One of the most famous is Wright’s Taliesin West, a national historical landmark located in north Scottsdale. Today, Taliesin West houses many of Wright’s works and architecture, plus serves as a current-day architectural school.
Old Town Scottsdale is a tribute to the old west. This area of downtown shows off the history and western heritage from the beginning of the city’s history. Old Town offers shopping, dining, art galleries and nightlife. A visit to www.scottsdale.com is a good place to find current attractions and events, like the big ArtWalk happening each Thursday evening in the Scottsdale Arts District of Old Town.