The History of Glendale, Arizona

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The hospital abuse attorneys in Glendale are happy to present to you the following article. We encourage visitors and residents to learn the history of Glendale and take a chance to explore the city.

Glendale: From Past to Present

Glendale is a city in the county of Maricopa, Arizona. Prior to the late 1800s, the area that is now Glendale was all desert. The Arizona Canal Company had commissioned William John Murphy – a native of New Hartford, New York, who was living in the town of Flagstaff – to build a 40-mile long canal from Granite Reef to New River, bringing water to the desert land. When Murphy completed the canal in 1885, he had become in debt because he agreed to be paid with stock and bonds of the Arizona Canal Company and land.

So, he decided to form the Arizona Improvement Company in 1887 to sell the land and water rights that were south of the canal. Calling the area Glendale, he also created Grand Avenue – an 18-mile diagonal road going from Phoenix through Glendale to the town of Peoria in hopes of drawing in potential investors.

In 1891, Burgess Hadsell helped Murphy bring 70 Brethren and River Brethren families to the area to form a temperance colony. As news traveled about the town's ban on alcohol, more settlers became interested in Glendale and moved to the area. In 1895, the original town site was platted and included a town park and several business lots. A railroad going from Prescott to Phoenix was also built to allow the transportation of goods from Glendale to the north and so forth.

Nonetheless, one of the major factors in the increase of settlers in the city was the Beet Sugar Factory that was established in 1906. As of 2019, Glendale has a population of 252,381 people.

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The City of Glendale is served by many school districts. This includes:

  • Deer Valley Unified School District
  • Dysart Unified School District
  • Peoria Unified School District
  • Glendale Union High School District
  • Phoenix Union High School District
  • Tolleson Union High School District
  • Alhambra Elementary School District
  • Glendale Elementary School District
  • Pendergast Elementary School District
  • Washington Elementary School District

The city is also home to the Grace Lutheran School and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School.

State Farm Stadium

The State Farm Stadium was established in 2006 as the Cardinals Stadium. In 2018, the name was changed to State Farm Stadium after being known as the University of Phoenix Stadium. It has a capacity of 63,400 that is expandable to 72,200. Now the main stadium for the Valley of the Sun, it is home to the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. It is also the host of the annual Fiesta Bowl.

Gila River Arena

Situated adjacent to the State Farm Stadium on West Maryland Avenue in Glendale is the Gila River Arena. Opened on December 26, 2003, the construction for the sports and entertainment arena cost $220 million. It has a seating capacity of:

  • 17,125 for hockey and box lacrosse
  • 18,300 for basketball
  • 19,000 for concert events

The arena also features 3,075 club seats and 87 luxury suites. Since its opening day, Gila River Arena has been the home of the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League.

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