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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

Arboretum at ASU

Arizona's largest public urban arboretum, ASU'

Tempe, AZ Arboretums

ASU Mars Global Surveyor Facility

The facility supports the Thermal Emission Specrometer experiment that was sent aboard the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft when it launched in November 1996. The Mars facility has a visitor area with displays about Mars and a television tuned to NASA TV.

Tempe, AZ Learning Centers

Rio Salado Golf Club

Regulation nine-hole course, driving range, fully equipped pro shop, golf instruction, golf leagues and restaurant.

Tempe, AZ Golf Courses


Things to do near Tempe, AZ

Springfield Golf Resort

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

Fiesta Lakes Golf Club

This course was built on rolling hills, so expect uneven lies. Water hazards come into play on many holes. 9 holes, par 29...

Garrison Law Firm

Garrison Law Firm offers valuable attorney services for personal injury, accident, wrongful death, nursing home abuse & other...

Cave Creek Recreation Area

Hiking trails, camping, and RV hookups available....