Phoenix in the 1960s

Anyone who lives in Phoenix for more than a few years knows that things change quickly. New office buildings shoot up, old buildings go away, stores come and go, streets widen and the hot spots shift. So imagine the kind of changes that happen in the course of 50 years.

Step back in time five decades with this amazing travelogue from the 1960s. It gives you a mind-blowing glimpse into the Valley of the Sun’s past, back when Phoenix and Scottsdale were actually separated by desert.

See retro downtown Phoenix; the long-defunct Shadow Mountain Resort; the beginning of the Desert Botanical Gardens; mountain men advocating for a road between Phoenix and Williams; Sun City when homes were “$11,000 to $17,500,” including an interview with city founder Del Webb; Goldwater stores; classic Scottsdale restaurants and shops; the “Children’s Zoo”; and so much more. Plus, pay attention to the way the narrator pronounces “Gammage.”

– Justin Ferris,