History of Tempe, Arizona: when Tempe was founded and how it developed.

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Tempe, Arizona is a city located in the Greater Phoenix area. The area where Tempe is located has been inhabited by various indigenous peoples for thousands of years, but the modern city was founded in 1871 by Charles Trumbull Hayden, a businessman from the east coast. He established a ferry crossing and a mill on the Salt River, which attracted farmers and other settlers to the area. The city was named after the Vale of Tempe, a scenic valley in Greece.

In the late 19th century, the city experienced rapid growth and development, driven by the arrival of the railroad and the establishment of a territorial normal school, which later became Arizona State University. Throughout the 20th century, the city continued to grow and develop, with the construction of new housing developments and the expansion of the university.

Today, Tempe is a diverse and vibrant city with a population of over 200,000, known for its thriving economy, cultural attractions, and proximity to outdoor recreational opportunities. The city is also home to Arizona State University, one of the largest public universities in the US, and a major economic and cultural driver for the area.

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