In the late 1800s, what is now known as Glendale was a desert wasteland. William John Murphy, a native of New York, who resided in what was known as the territory of Arizona, was in charge of building a 40-mile long Arizona Canal from Granite Reef to New River for the Arizona Canal Company. He completed the canal, which would bring water to the desert land in 1885. In 1891, Burgess Hadsell worked with Murphy to bring 70 Brethren and River Brethren families to Glendale to form a temperance colony. Soon settlers, attracted by the town’s ban on alcoholic beverages, continued to arrive. In 1895, Murphy platted the original townsite. The construction of a railroad from Prescott to Phoenix along Grand Avenue allowed settlers to transport goods to the north and quickly receive building materials.
Glendale is located about 9 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix. Glendale bills itself as “Arizona’s Antique Capital” and is home to the famous Arrowhead Towne Center mall, Jobing.com Arena, and Westgate City Center. Glendale is also home to Midwestern University, metropolitan Phoenix’s first medical school, and a primary post-graduate international business school: the Thunderbird School of Global Management. As the City of Glendale’s growth continued to develop, The Beet Sugar Factory in Downtown Glendale was an intricate part of Glendale’s early economic success. The structure still stands today, just southeast of downtown Glendale. Other historic businesses include the Glendale Ice Co., the Pacific Creamery Co., the Southwest Flour and Feed Co., and the Glendale Milling Co.
The lifestyle in Glendale is suitable for a wide variety of interests. You’ll have shopping in the heart of North Glendale is Arrowhead Towne Center, your choice of fantastic dining Glendale has to offer. The outdoor enthusiast has time to spend hiking the outdoors; boaters and water skiers have Lake Pleasant for freshwater recreational activities. The homes are built with stucco exterior, and most newer homes have concrete tile roofs. Architecturally, you’ll appreciate high ceilings, bright windows, open floor-plan designs, and backyards that are perfect for enjoying the Valley of the Sun weather conditions.
Just a few minutes south down the Loop 101 Freeway is the renewed Westgate City Center which is the newest Entertainment District in Glendale – home to the Arizona Cardinals who play at the University of Phoenix Stadium, also the Home of the Fiesta Bowl Game and the Phoenix Coyotes who play at Jobing.com Arena. Westgate City Center hosts many hot restaurants, retail shops, and outdoor entertainment.