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Maricopa, AZ

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  1. Maricopa
    City in Arizona
  2. Maricopa is a city in the Gila River Valley in the State of Arizona. With an estimated 45,508 residents as of 2013, Maricopa is the second most populous incorporated city in Pinal County and eighteenth most populous in Arizona. Wikipedia
  3. Area29.56 sq miles (76.56 km²)
  4. Weather70°F (21°C), Wind NW at 1 mph (2 km/h), 75% Humidity
  5. Local timeThursday 1:10 PM

Chandler, AZ

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  1. Chandler
    City in Arizona
  2. Chandler is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, and is a prominent suburb of the Phoenix, Arizona, Metropolitan Statistical Area.Wikipedia
  3. Area58 sq miles (150.2 km²)
  4. Weather64°F (18°C), Wind 0 mph (0 km/h), 87% Humidity
  5. Local timeThursday 1:12 PM

Gilbert, AZ

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  1. Gilbert
    Town in Arizona
  2. Gilbert is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located southeast of Phoenix, within the Phoenix metropolitan area. Wikipedia
  3. Area46.96 sq miles (121.6 km²)
  4. Weather64°F (18°C), Wind W at 3 mph (5 km/h), 86% Humidity
  5. Local timeThursday 1:14 PM

Ahwatukee, AZ

"The Other Side Of The Hill"
urban village of PhoenixArizona
Village of Ahwatukee
A typical Ahwatukee neighborhood as seen from South Mountain Park
A typical Ahwatukee neighborhood as seen from South Mountain Park
Location of Ahwatukee Foothills highlighted in red.
Location of Ahwatukee Foothills highlighted in red.
Country United States
State Arizona
County Maricopa
City Phoenix
Population (2010)
 • Total 77,249
Website Ahwatukee Planning Committee

Ahwatukee is a triangular shaped urban village of the City of Phoenix, Arizona bordered on the north by South Mountain Parkand Guadalupe Road, on the east by Interstate 10 and the cities of ChandlerGuadalupe, and Tempe, and on the south and west by the Gila River Indian Community. It is the southernmost of the city's 15 urban villages. As of 2010, the 35.8 square-mile (92.7 km²) neighborhood has a population of 77,249.[1]

Although annexed by the city of Phoenix between 1982 and 1987, before substantial residential growth, many of Ahwatukee's residents do not strongly associate their region with the rest of the city, due in part to its geographic isolation (South Mountain and South Mountain Park separate Ahwatukee from the other 14 urban villages of Phoenix, which lie to the north).




Legend has it that in 1921, Dr. and Mrs. W.V.B. Ames built a house on approximately 2,000 acres (810 ha) on the southeast side of South Mountain. They gave the area its original Spanish name, Casa de Sueños, which in English means "House of Dreams". Dr. Ames died within just three months of moving into the house, and after Mrs. Ames' death, in 1933, the house and most of the land was willed to St. Luke's Hospital.[2]

In 1935, the house and land was bought by Miss Helen Brinton, who appeared to have retranslated the name of the house to theCrow word which now serves as the name of the village.[3] The house was demolished in 1979, and parts of it were used to build the Our Lady of Guadalupe church.[citation needed]

As it turns out, the Crow translation for "House of Dreams" (ashe ammeewiawe) sounds nothing like Ahwatukee. More likely, Brinton named the town after the Crow words awe chuuke, meaning "land on the other side of the hill" or "land in the next valley". This is, at first glance, a curious choice on her part because the Crow are a native northern plains tribe originally based in Wyoming, now residing in southeast Montana, and have never been associated with Arizona where the Apache, Hopi, Pima, and Navajo peoples are indigenous. Brinton, however, actually having spent much time in the Wyoming (Crow) vicinities and finally making her last home there, would have very likely been strongly influenced by her experience in Wyoming enough to use a Crow-derived name for the beloved land she left behind. This seeming inconsistency only adds to the lore of Ahwatukee.[4]

In 1971, part of the land was purchased, subdivided, and developed into a HOA by the Presley Development Company.

Marty Gibson was the first to write a book on the history of Ahwatukee, entitled "The History of Ahwatukee".[5]

Ahwatukee has grown as Phoenix acquired other land parcels to the west, including land owned by International Harvester, which operated a proving ground for earth-moving equipment there from 1947 to 1983. The state of Arizona has bought, sold, or swapped land several times, including transferring state trust land to developers in controversial auctions in which residents andconservationists have lobbied for the space to be converted to parkland.[6][7]

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Tempe, AZ

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  1. Tempe
    City in Arizona
  2. Tempe, also known as Hayden's Ferry during the territorial times of Arizona, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2010 population of 161,719. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Wikipedia
  3. Area40.19 sq miles (104.1 km²)
  4. Weather63°F (17°C), Wind 0 mph (0 km/h), 96% Humidity
  5. Local timeThursday 1:18 PM

Queen Creek, AZ

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  1. Queen Creek
    Town in Arizona
  2. Queen Creek is a town in Maricopa and Pinal counties in the state of Arizona. The population was 26,361 at the 2010 census. Wikipedia
  3. Area25.8 sq miles (66.82 km²)
  4. Weather61°F (16°C), Wind 0 mph (0 km/h), 88% Humidity
  5. Local timeThursday 1:20 PM

Mesa, AZ

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  1. Mesa
    City in Arizona
  2. Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, in the State of Arizona and is a suburb located about 20 miles east of Phoenix. Mesa is the central city of the East Valley section of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Wikipedia
  3. Area125.2 sq miles (324.2 km²)
  4. Weather62°F (17°C), Wind NW at 2 mph (3 km/h), 87% Humidity
  5. Local timeThursday 1:22 PM

Surprise, AZ

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  1. Surprise
    City in Arizona
  2. Surprise is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA. The population was 30,848 at the 2000 census; however, rapid growth has boosted the city's population to 117,517 at the 2010 census, an increase of 281%.Wikipedia
  3. Area85.6 sq miles (221.7 km²)
  4. Weather66°F (19°C), Wind SE at 1 mph (2 km/h), 84% Humidity
  5. Local timeThursday 1:24 PM

Phoenix, AZ

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  1. Phoenix
    City in Arizona
  2. Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the state of Arizona. With 1,445,632 people, Phoenix is the most populous state capital in the United States, as well as the sixth most populous city nationwide.Wikipedia
  3. Area517 sq miles (1,338 km²)
  4. Founded1861
  5. Weather65°F (18°C), Wind SW at 7 mph (11 km/h), 78% Humidity
  6. Local timeThursday 1:26 PM
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    Scottsdale, AZ
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    1. Scottsdale
      City in Arizona
    2. Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2010 the population of the city was 217,385. Wikipedia
    3. Area184.2 sq miles (477.1 km²)
    4. Weather63°F (17°C), Wind 0 mph (0 km/h), 81% Humidity
    5. Local timeThursday 1:27 PM
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