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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


VIA Adventures

Luxury European motorcoaches equipped with VIP extras. Exceptional customer service. Airport, statewide and USA destinations. Customized and standard itineraries.

Tempe, AZ Cruises

ASU Center for Meteorite Studies

The Center for Meteorite Studies is home to the world's largest university-based meteorite collection. We house specimens representing over 1,600

Tempe, AZ Collections

Fiddlesticks Tempe

Speedy go-karts; wet n' wild bumper boats; award-winning, lighted driving range; batting cages;

Tempe, AZ Fun Centers

Things to do near Tempe, AZ

Cave Creek Recreation Area

Hiking trails, camping, and RV hookups are available at the Cave Creek Recreation Area. The Go John Loop Trailhead - From...

500 Club, The

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