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Mill Avenue District

Mill Avenue runs on the west side of the Arizona State University campus. Contrary to many business areas next to universities, the Mill Avenue District is filled with excellent restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and shops. There are also many park areas with nice public art. The new light rail system will cut across the north end soon. It is under construction now. Take a look at the Mill Avenue cams.

Historic Hayden Flour Mill

The old Hayden Flour Mill is located at the north end of Mill Avenue where there used to be a ferry across the Salt River. Over the years there were three Hayden Mills. The first was a water-powered, two-story adobe building. It opened for business in 1874, and burned down about 15 years later. A second adobe mill burned in 1917. Again the mill was rebuilt - part of this structure is what still stands at the site east of Hayden Butte, on the north end of Mill Avenue. The grain elevator and seven silos were added in 1951. Although the mill was once water-powered, except for the Tempe Town Lake, you can just walk across the river just about anywhere now.

Papago Park

Papago Park is a large desert park just across the river from the north end of Mill Avenue. It has beautiful red rock formations and many hiking and biking trails. A botanical garden, a zoo, a museum and public fishing lakes are located there also.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great restaurants, entertainment, sporting events and educational opportunities
  • Cons:Really hot in the summertime
  • In a nutshell:High quality of life in an urban setting.
  • Last visit to Tempe: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • funnybeee's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2006 at 10:38 PM

    Had dinner today at my big fat greek restaurant. Going back for sure. Off to Sedona tomorrow! Beee :)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2006 at 7:10 PM

    Spectacular photos. Loved the restaurant tips. Great use of extra photos. Tempe (where I have never been) looks interesting. Thanks for a great tour.


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