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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


Kiwanis Community Park

Tempe's premier 125-acre park has 12-acre lake, urban fishing, boat rentals, two group picnic ramadas, sand volleyball courts, softball/soccer fields, playgrounds and Kiwanis Park Recreation Center. Batting Cages

Tempe, AZ Recreation

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

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

Things to do near Tempe, AZ

Mesa Country Club

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

Tonto Hills

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Vistas Golf Club

Holes 18 Architect(s) Ken Kavanaugh Year Built 1990 Public/Private Semi-Private Guest Policy Open Credit Cards VIS...