City of Phoenix History
In March 1868 Jack Swilling’s irrigation company had water flowing through canals to raise crops. Though there had been many people settling in the Salt River valley before that, 1868 is the historical date for the founding of the city now known as Phoenix, Arizona. The city was officially recognized when Yavapai County formed an election precinct on May 4, 1868. A post office was then established on June 15, 1868 and Jack Swilling was named postmaster. In 1870 a townsite called Salt River Valley Association was formed. The area covered was Van Buren Street on the north, Jackson Street to the south, Seventh Avenue to the west and Seventh Street to the east.
Map of Present Day Downtown Phoenix
The first telegraph line made its way into the city in 1874, with the station located in Goldwater’s on First Street and Jefferson.
In 1875, there were 16 saloons and 4 dance halls.
The National Bank, established in 1878 was the first bank in Phoenix.
In 1880 the population was 2,453 people.
In 1887 the first train pulled into town.
In 1889 the Arizona territorial government moved to Phoenix from Prescott.
In 1914 the Arizona Territory became Arizona, the 48th state.
In 1930 the population was 48,811 and there were 161 miles of streets with 77 paved miles.
In 1950 the population was 105,000 (99th among US cities) with a total of 311 miles of streets including 148 paved miles.
Today Phoenix has a population of over 1,540,000 and is the nation’s 6th largest city. There are now over 4,855 miles of streets, 1,104 traffic signals, 2,069 parking meters, 582 bridges, and 95,592 streetlights.
The City of Phoenix is the largest state capital in the US
The metropolitan area is roughly bounded by the McDowell Mountains on the east, the White Tank Mountains on the west and South Mountain to the south and is generally known as the Slat River Valley.
Sky Harbor International Airport is the 6th busiest airport in America
Phoenix residents use about 128,711,300,000 gallons of water per year.
Monsoon season begins on June 15 and ends on September 31.
Most rainfall recorded on a single day – 3.29 inches at Sky Harbor International Airport on September 8, 2014.
The summer storms usually peak from mid-July to mid-August. These thunderstorms can deliver on average half of the annual rainfall in Phoenix. The rainfall can vary tremendously in amount and duration. On September 8, 2014 Sky Harbor Airport recorded 3.29 inches of rain, the record for the most rainfall on a single day. These storms can result in flash flooding and water damage to Phoenix area homes.
Water Damage Repair, Cleanup, and Restoration in Phoenix
Lotus Contracting Services is available 24 hours a day to assist you in the event of a sudden summer storm or other type of flood damage. We have expert technicians experienced in water removal, damage restoration, and property recovery. Our quick response teams will help to prevent further damage due to mold and structural weakening. Mold can develop quickly in our hot Arizona climate and if not prevented from developing can result in more damage. Our specialists are also trained in all types of mold remediation and mold prevention.
City of Phoenix Monsoon Cleanup from September 1, 2015 Storm
If you need city services due to the storm, call 602-534-2222 or visit the city website: https://www.phoenix.gov/update