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Queen Creek, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Queen Creek is a family place, where the residents take pride in independence. It's a "first name" community, where a person behind the counter isn't an uncaring stranger, but someone who will know you by name. If you enjoy the great outdoors, Queen Creek is the place for you. You can ride a horse or hike into the mountains and across trails into the countryside. If a more relaxing time is your idea of fun, you can sit on the patio and view the San Tan and Goldmine Mountains to the south, and the Superstition Mountains to the northeast.

Queen Creek has earned more recognition than most communities its size. The Town has received awards on national, state and regional levels for its innovative General Plan and ordinances, community outreach and citizen participation programs, environmental preservation efforts, and leadership, among others. The Town is committed to continuous improvement and innovation.

The Town of Queen Creek's name originated over a hundred miles away. Up in the eastern mountains surrounding the Town of Superior, the land is rich with supplies of ore. One of the many mines that opened up in those mountains was the Silver Queen. (Another was the Silver King, but it was later renamed the Magma Mine.) At the base of the Silver Queen mine there was a creek known as the Picket Post Creek. It was named after the oddly shaped mountain above it (the one you can see today above the State Aboretum). When the Silver Queen Mine opened for production, the name of the Picket Post Creek was changed to Queen Creek. That creek runs down from the mountains, past the mine, through the Queen Creek Canyon, into the area surrounding the present day Town of Queen Creek.

Before the scattered farm community was called Queen Creek, it had a different name. The area was known as Rittenhouse because of the railroad spur located near Rittenhouse and Ellsworth roads. People used to flag down the train to get a ride into Phoenix. As the community grew, and the use of the railroad stop diminished, the community changed its name and took on the name Queen Creek.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Our Lady of Guadalupe

The first Catholic Church building in Queen Creek was constructed in 1960 when the congregation acquired a barracks building from the base, and moved it to this site. It'

Queen Creek, AZ Historic Churches

Community Church

The first Church in Rittenhouse was constructed in 1921 on the east side of Ellsworth Road, just north of the railroad tracks, in the community we all now know as Queen Creek. Although the Historical Society's records don'

Queen Creek, AZ Historic Churches

Desert Wells Stage Stop

The Desert Wells Stage Stop is reported to have been a small spur stop for the Arizona Stage Company, founded in 1868

Queen Creek, AZ Pioneer Life

Chandler Heights Trading Post and Post Office

During the 1930s, Chandler Heights was a bustling little community. Stretching seven miles along the Hunt Highway at the base of the San Tan Mountains, it offered perfect soil for citrus trees, a mostly mild climate, methods of crop irrigation and beautiful views.

Queen Creek, AZ Historic Post Offices

San Tan Historical Society Museum

The Old Rittenhouse Elementary School, was built in 1925. Used as a school through 1982, this building is now on the National Registry for Historic Places. Ever wondered how Power, Sossaman, Hawes and Ellsworth roads got their names? Who was Rittenhouse? Where was the first school?

Queen Creek, AZ Museums

Things to do near Queen Creek, AZ

Lake Pleasant Fishing Report

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Sun City South Golf Course

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1 days...

Eagle's Nest Country Club At Pebble Creek Resort

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

Grande Valley Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...