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Get away from the cold and snow and warm up in the valley of the sun!

The first settlers...

The salt river valley where Phoenix now stands was orignally settled by the Hohokam indians from 300 bc until 1500 ad. The Hohokam built hundreds of miles of sophisticated canals to carry water and turn the desert into an agricultural oasis.

The Hohokam then vanished. The name Hohokam comes from later indian tribes and means "All Used Up" or "The Departed Ones".

Phoenix is reborn...

The valley was empty do to lack of water until the United States Army built Fort McDowell nearby in 1876.

The Hohokam canals were rediscovered and repaired. The new community of Phoenix in the nearby mountains in 1876. As a means to feed the cadre of troops, the canals were re-established, which allowed a new city to "rise like a phoenix" from the remains of an ancient civilization.

Today Phoenix is the 5th largest city in the United States. Sitting in the center of Arizona, it is the perfect home base to a western adventure as the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Tombstone, and Tucson are all nearby.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:It really is a dry heat.
  • Cons:The heat can be a shock at first...
  • In a nutshell:A great place to live and visit.
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  • Nov 17, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Great areas of Phx metro that every tourist and visitor should have a chance to see. Thx --------- T.T. Site MGr. Portable Toilet Rental Phoenix

  • Aug 16, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Good Phoenix page and good tips, thanks. It pleases me not to find the same dumb copied tip repeated 5 times with different photos (and marked with 5 stars). Good job.

  • Jan 30, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    two of our children live in the phoenix area and we have eaten at a lot of diffeent resta urants, but i have to say i have not even heard of any of yhese.

  • Apr 29, 2007 at 11:43 AM

    After reading your page on the scorch bar, my husband and I decided to check it out and well we dressed up and EVERYONE was in jeans or shorts!! we felt really out of place. Oh and no gogo dancers either. Have you even been to that bar?

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    Mar 28, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    great tips!

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    May 10, 2006 at 5:19 AM

    Phoenix really looks cool. I mean hot. Or both.

  • Hermanater's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2005 at 6:28 AM

    Happy Birthday...ended up in Fountainhills by mistake. There was a festival going on. Had a great time, I like those kinds of mistakes.

  • viny32's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2005 at 11:27 PM

    Good Phoenix Page, Thnaks for all the informations you put on your page!

  • Wild_Orchid's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2004 at 3:20 AM

    cool pages - liked the nightlife tips...

  • erikatheskysailor's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2004 at 9:05 AM

    Oooh, I'm the first visitor here at the museum page. :) There's something garish about a pink bldg surrounded by palm trees... looks like something out LA. ;p I'm still laughing about The Giant Toilet Bowl... hilarious. :)

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