El Portal


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El Portal

The Maricopa Inn, on the current site of Mesa City Hall, depicted in the 1950s. Built as the El Portal to rival the luxurious Hotel San Marcos in Chandler, it was financed by stock certificates purchased by local businessmen. The 1940s brought resurgence to the El Portal. A popular KTYL radio show called Luncheon in Mesa was broadcast from the dining room in the 1950s and ballplayers of the Chicago Cubs stayed there during the team's early years of Spring Training. It was demolished in 1972.


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