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Historic Valley Hotels

10 historic Valley hotels you should visit

There’s something special about the Valley’s historic hotels for both locals and visitors alike. These locales aren’t just “old buildings” but also living landmarks where you can see - and be a part of...
Hotel San Carlos

Hotel San Carlos: A Haunted History

The Valley’s Hotel San Carlos in Downtown Phoenix bears two titles: operating hotel and tourist attraction. Built in 1928, this historic boutique hotel was, at the height of its popularity, a frequent go-to for members...

6 places where Frank Lloyd Wright left his mark on the Valley

On the short list of America’s greatest and most profound architects, Frank Lloyd Wright’s imprint can be seen across the U.S. and around the world in the design of iconic homes and commercial buildings. According...

Valley filmmaker tackles Phoenix icon in ‘Durant’s Never Closes’

Businessman. Ladies man. Benefactor. Gangster? To have him tell it on film, director Travis Mills says the colorful legacy of Valley restaurant owner Jack Durant was complicated at best. It's the crux of Mills' new movie...
The Melrose Curve in the early 1970s. From the Duke University Library Collections.

One tiny mistake that created 7th Avenue’s famous Melrose Curve

As you probably know, Phoenix's major surface streets generally follow a standard north-south, east-west grid layout. The exceptions occur when roads wind through the hills or mountains, and one other spot that doesn't seem to call...
Phoenix in the 1960s

Blast from the past: Explore mid-century Phoenix

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...
Washington Cactus Alley between Central 1st St Lorings Bazar 1880s

The 1887 event that changed Phoenix forever

Long-time Phoenix residents will agree that the city changes frequently; old buildings are regularly torn down and new buildings spring up. People who grew up here, or even stay for a few years, see this...
Glendale Avenue and Lincoln Drive

A tale of two roads: Why Glendale Avenue becomes Lincoln Drive

Brad Hall, History Adventuring / Edited for Phoenix.org If you drive around the Valley much, you'll notice the "becomes." For example, in Glendale, Dunlap Avenue becomes Olive Avenue, and at the edge of Tempe and...
Mill Ave, Tempe 1899

What Tempe’s Mill Avenue looked like in 1899

Let's take a walk down Tempe, Arizona's Mill Avenue in 1899. We start from the outskirts of town, at about where University Avenue exists nowadays, and walk north. The two-story building that we see on the right is...
Calvary Church Westown

The surprising history of the big star on Calvary Church’s sign

Drive down I-17 between Thunderbird and Cactus Roads in Phoenix and to the west you will see the Calvary Community Church sign with its big, recognizable star. You probably think nothing of it; after...

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