Salt River Stories

A project by Arizona State University & Mark Tebeau

Salt River Stories brings the history, cultures, and communities of the Valley of the Sun, the Phoenix-Scottsdale-Tempe metro area to your fingertips. Salt River Stories is a project of Arizona State University and Papago Salado Association. It is powered by Omeka + Curatescape, a humanities-centered web and mobile framework available for both Android and iOS devices.

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The development of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve tapped drew from many currents within the region's history and American culture more broadly. Among these was a connection to the broader emergence of…

In the late 1940s and early 50s, Tempe stood on the precipice of rapid expansion. A small farming community prior to the war, Tempe grew rapidly as GIs who had trained in Arizona returned to the…

Plummeting property prices beginning in the early 1970s enabled developers to purchase numerous lots along Apache Boulevard and build low priced apartment complexes. This initial wave of apartment…

Serving as both a major tourist route and the highway between Tempe and Mesa, Apache Boulevard catered to both travelers and hungry locals. Restaurants, taverns, and food vendors flourished following…