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Tempe, Arizona

Following the establishment of Fort McDowell on the eastern edge of central Arizona’s Salt River Valley in 1865, enterprising farmers moved into the area. They dug out the irrigation canals left by the prehistoric Hohokam people and built new ones to carry Salt River water to their fields. Valley farms soon supplied food to Arizona’s military posts and mining towns.

The first settlers to move to the Tempe area, south of the Salt River and east of Phoenix, were Hispanic families from southern Arizona. They helped construct the first two irrigation canals, the Kirkland-McKinney Ditch and the San Francisco Canal, and started small farms to the east and west of a large butte (Tempe Butte). In 1872, some of these Mexican settlers founded a town called San Pablo east of Tempe Butte.

Tempe is well known nationally as the home of the Fiesta Bowl and the Arizona Cardinals. It is the seventh largest city in Arizona, with a strong modern economy based on commerce, tourism, and electronics manufacturing.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

ASU Planetarium

Evening shows are offered Tuesday and Thursday nights from Sept.-Nov. and Feb.-April. Shows begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and last approximately 30 to 50 minutes. Weather permitting; viewing though ASU telescopes follows each show. Reservations are required for all evening shows.

Tempe, AZ Planetariums

Ken McDonald Golf Course

Municipal 18-hole championship golf course, lighted driving range, fully equipped golf pro shop and Pete's 19th Hole Restaurant. Golf instruction available;

Tempe, AZ Golf Courses

Arizona Cardinals

Feel the power of NFL football! Join the Arizona Cardinals from August through January and be a part of the excitement. Call for season/group ticket information.

Tempe, AZ Sports

R.S. Dietz Museum of Geology (ASU)

Physical Sciences Complex, Wing F Minerals, gems, dinosaurs and other fossils; the only active seismograph in central Arizona and a 6

Tempe, AZ Museums

Museum of Anthropology (ASU)

Physical anthropology, archeology, and sociocultural anthropology exhibits, reflecting student and faculty research interests.

Tempe, AZ Museums

Things to do near Tempe, AZ

Fort McDowell Casino

Located on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, the casino (open 24 hours every day) brings fun and excitement to visitors b...

Moon Valley Country Club -Championship

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...

Sunridge Canyon Golf Club

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 30 days...

ASU Art Museum/Ceramics Research Center

Houses permanent collections of 19th and 20th century American paintings and sculpture, an extensive print collection, Latin ...