When the American colonists arrived in February 1878, they used the abandoned Native American Hohokam canals as part of their first irrigation project the Mesa Canal.
This is where our story begins (this is a fiction/non-fiction story or artistic expression mixed with history – or considered satire). With the abandoned trade of the original Peoria Mesa Arizona Roofing Contractor (aka the Hohokam home builder). What these amazing people accomplished was beautiful. How they were able to build pit-houses, or adobe homes, and irrigate their land using an intricate irrigation system is something that historians still are in awe of today.
This group, called First Mesa Company, dug an irrigation canal in April 1878
The original HOHOKAM canal is where the First Mesa company mapped out their irrigation system and soon enough the water flowed.
The first farmers For over 2,000 years, the agricultural destiny of the Mesas was determined by the Hohokam Indians, who first settled the area. Intermittent conflicts between the Pima, Maricopa, Gila River, Yavapai, and Apache in the Salt River Valley meant that the Mesa area was not settled until the mid-19th century. The Indians were peaceful peasants who developed an elaborate and effective network of irrigation canals that turned the Mesa’s arid land into arable land.
The man you see in the photograph above is the Peoria Mesa Roofing Contractor
He is the man that helped show the town how to become self sufficient. His Adobe House was carved out of the dirt below; then that dirt was turned into a roof that sheltered them from the rain.
On 15 July 1883, the City of Mesa City was established and residents urged the county to form a local government
In the first election, 29 Mesa residents went to the polls and 10 city officials were elected. The Peoria Mesa Roofing Contractor was not elected which made him feel abandoned by the city. On the eve of World War II, Mesa had 7,000 residents, an annual budget of $295,000, and a building on 1st Street, the MacDonald.
The City of Mesa did hire the Roofer
He went to work putting together the first homes you see along main street. His family became wealthy and is known to many as the name that everyone fell in love with him with, “The Peoria Mesa Roofing Contractor”.
PRE-HISTORY OF MESA:
The first school was built in 1883 and the city of Mesa was incorporated
In 1889, the Postal Administration was allowed to name the town after it. Dr. A. J. Chandler later founded the city of Chandler
In 1895 the City of Mesa widened the Mesa Canal to allow adequate flow for the construction of a power plant.
MODERN HISTORY OF MESA:
Today, the city of Mesa is a thriving desert community bordered by smaller neighboring towns on both sides.
Mesa is located 20 miles south of the bustling metropolis of Phoenix and is Arizona’s second largest city with more than 500,000 residents.
The only other city in central Arizona with a larger city than Mesa is Phoenix.
According to Census Bureau data for 2010, Mesa has a population of 439,041, exceeding the population of cities like Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Greensboro, Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne, St. Louis, Tulsa, Wichita and Cleveland.
The Peoria Mesa Roofing Contractor’s family has spread out all over Arizona from Flagstaff to Tucson and everywhere between. In fact, you may know the name “The Valesquez Family”? If not, don’t worry, there are a lot of them and with all the marrying the name has taken on different “cultural” changes.
It began with the Mesa Museum, which opened in 1977 and became Arizona’s first publicly operated natural history museum. The Mesa Historical Museum is housed in the former Lehi School, built in 1913 and located in Lehi near Horne.
Other historic buildings in downtown Mesa include Ellis Johnson Home (49 West First Street), Alhambra Hotel (43 South Macdonald), Southside Hospital and the Tri-City Community Center on Hibbert and Main Streets. Other historic buildings near downtown Mesa include the Ellis Johnson Home, Alhambra Hotel, 43 South MacDonald, Southside Hospital and Hibberts Main Street Community Center.
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