By Dawn Snell

Casa Grande, Arizona, is found on wasteland and farmland among Tucson and Phoenix and commenced because the finish of an unfinished railroad line—thus its early identify, Terminus. On may well 19, 1879, while early summer season warmth halted development of the railroad in what may quickly turn into Casa Grande, simply 3 constructions and 5 citizens constituted the city. The names mirror the ethnic variety of the sparse inhabitants: Buckalew, Ochoa, Smith, Watzlavocki, and Fryer. In September 1880, executives of the Southern Pacific Railroad corporation named the city Casa Grande after the prehistoric Hohokam Indian ruins positioned 20 miles to the east. This quantity illustrates how a wasteland railroad cease grew right into a urban. at the present time, as Casa Grande’s inhabitants raises, new neighborhoods, colleges, shops, and leisure venues supply interesting new purposes for dwelling right here. despite the fact that, because the inhabitants grows, town struggles to maintain its identification as an agricultural community.

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