Tempe Timeline Activity
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The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War and gives all of present-day Arizona, north of the Gila River, to the United States.
President Lincoln signs the Organic Act, creating Arizona as a separate territory.
The Swilling Irrigation and Canal Company excavates the first canal connecting to the Salt River. Within a year, small farms operated mostly by Mexican farmers dot the landscape.
Mexican settlers build the village called San Pablo, southeast of Hayden Butte
Charles Trumbull Hayden establishes businesses on the south side of the Salt River and opens his flour mill using water from the Tempe Irrigating Canal. The settlement is known as Hayden's Ferry.
The Territorial Normal School (now known as Arizona State University) opens in Tempe.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors incorporates the town of Tempe. Dr. Fenn J. Hart is named the first mayor.
Electric lights are installed in downtown Tempe.
The Territorial Normal School's football team defeats the University of Arizona for the first time.
The Sunset Telephone Company brings the first phone service to Tempe.
Flooding causes the Maricopa, Phoenix and Salt River Railroad bridge to collapse.
Former President Theodore Roosevelt speaks on the steps of Old Main at the Tempe Normal School. He is visiting Arizona to dedicate the Roosevelt Dam.
Arizona becomes the 48th state.
Tempean Carl Hayden is elected Arizona's first representative to the United States Congress.
Tempe schools segregate Mexican-American children in the first three grades.
The Tempe Irrigating Canal Company becomes part of the Salt River Project.
The stock market crashes, beginning the Great Depression.
A resolution is passed changing Tempe from a town to a city.
Tempe physician Benjamin Baker Moeur is elected Governor of Arizona. He remains in office until 1937.
As a result of the G.I. Bill, World War II veterans arrive in Tempe to attend Arizona State College. Tempe's population grows as a result.
World War II ends.
The Tempe Beach Pool segregation policy is ended, due in large part to the efforts of Hispanic veterans from Tempe.
Tempean Howard Pyle is elected Governor of Arizona.
Arizona voters change the name of Arizona State College at Tempe to Arizona State University.
Martin Luther King, Jr. marches on Washington, D.C. and gives his "I Have a Dream" speech.
Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at Arizona State University.
A new City Hall complex is completed, including the iconic upside down pyramid.
The Vietnam War ends when Saigon falls to the North Vietnamese.
The Islamic Cultural Community Center opens in Tempe.
Tempe Town Lake is completed and Tempe Beach Park is renovated.
President George W. Bush is elected to a second term as president.
The final Presidential Debate between Senator John Kerry and President George W. Bush is held at Gammage Auditorium.
Senator Barrack Obama is elected as the first African American President of the United States.
Corey Woods is the first African American to be elected to the Tempe City Council.
The light rail transit system begins operation in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa.
President Barack Obama speaks at Arizona State University's commencement.
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