Mesa, Arizona

Mesa is centrally located in the U.S. State of Arizona, about 20 miles east of Phoenix. The city of Mesa is the third largest city in the state. Mesa is part of the Greater Phoenix urban complex and is the largest suburb in the USA. You can find parks within walking distance in Mesa, sports facilities, and highly rated golf courses. The Fiesta Mall is a popular shopping center.

To See And To Do In Mesa

  • Mesa Historical Museum
  • Commemorative Air Force Museum
  • Arizona Museum of Natural History
  • Mesa Arts Center
  • Usery Mountain Regional Park
  • Desert Belle Paddleboat Cruises
  • Rose Garden at Mesa Community College
  • The Fiesta Mall
  • Park of the Canals

History Of Mesa - Timeline

Over 2,000 years ago, the Hohokam people arrived to the area. In 1450, the Hohokam people had built hundreds of miles of canals. Many of them are still in use. In 1877, Old Fort Utah was established by the Mormon Lehi Pioneers. Mesa was founded in January 1878 by Mormon pioneers. In 1879, the first school was built. The Post Office at the time used different names of the city. Postal authorities considered the name Mesa unacceptable at first. In 1808, the original Lehi School was built.

In 1883, Mesa was incorporated as a town. The town itself was always called Mesa City and in 1889 the Post Office allowed the name Mesa City. In 1885, the railroad was completed. In 1891, the Pomeroy Building was built. In 1892, the newspaper, Mesa Free Press, started. In 1893, the Alhambra Hotel was built. In 1896, the Sirrine House was built by Joel E. Sirrine. He built it for his new bride, Caroline Simkins Sirrine. Also in 1896, the Abell, Wilbur and Company Warehouse was built.

The former Lehi School, built in 1913, is the oldest standing school building in Mesa today. The Mesa Historical Museum was built in 1913-1914. In 1914, the main building to Mesa Historical Museum was completed. In 1924, the Nile Theater was completed. In 1927, the Mesa Arizona Temple was completed.

In 1930, Mesa was incorporated as a city. In 1937, the Post Office / Federal Building was completed. The public airport Falcon Field and the Williams Air Force Base opened in 1941 and military workers began to move into Mesa in the 40s. In 1976, the original Hohokam Stadium was built. In 1977, the Arizona Museum of Natural History was founded. In 1979, the Mesa Amphitheatre was built. It is an outdoor concert venue in the city. In 1987, the Mesa Historical Museum opened.