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Mesa
Maricopa County, Arizona

ZipCodes
85201, 85202, 85203, 85204, 85205, 85206, 85207, 85208, 85210, 85213

Motto
"Great People, Quality Service!"



Page Contents for Mesa, Arizona

Statistics & Facts

Location

Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions

Government

Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.

Libraries.

Schools.

Miscellany



Statistics & Facts

The Arizona state capital is Phoenix.
The population of Mesa is approximately 360,000 (1998), 439041 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 140,468 (1990), 165374 (2010).
The amount of land area in Mesa is 281.254 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Mesa is 122+ sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.479 sq kilometers.
The distance from Mesa to Washington DC is 2060 miles.
The distance to the Arizona state capital is 21 miles. (as the crow flies)
Mesa is positioned 33.41 degrees north of the equator and 111.74 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Mesa elevation is 1,241 feet above sea level.
Mesa median income is $ 30,273.
The Mesa median home price is $ 86,500.
Mesa average annual rainfall is 7.52 inches per year
Mesa average annual precipitation is 7.52 inches peryear.
Mesa average temperature is 84 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 52.9 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 84.9 degrees F.

Location

15 miles east of Phoenix in central Arizona
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Climate


warm and dry.
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Weather


enjoyable with warm sunny daysand cool night air. There are 313 average days of sunshine each year.
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History & History Related Items

Mesa is the Spanish word for "table top," which means a flat-topped, raised area.
The first inhabitants of the area were here around 2,000 years ago. They were the Hohokam Indians. They built the first irrigation ditches. No one really knows why they left the area. Various missionaries, explorers, etc. came and went during the 1500's and 1600's. The Apaches drove out the Spaniards in the 1700's. In the 1800's, the troops of the United States fought with the Apaches which opened the way for more white settlers to come. The small settlement of Maryville was founded in 1865 near a ferry acorss the Salt River. The town was later abandoned. Around 1877, Daniel Webster Jones was asked by Mormon Church leaders to bring a group down to this area. They built Fort Utah from adobe in July of 1877 in what they called Lehi.

A new group of Mormon settlers came in January of 1878, passing through the Lehi area. They decided to move up to the mesa and proceeded to clear the land and prepare a town site. They utilized the irrigation ditches which were dug by inhabitants of the area in 700 A.D. The availability of water in the area has allowed it to grow tremendously. A number of factors, including flooding in the lower, Lehi area, caused Mesa to grow much faster, eventually overtaking and absorbing the Lehi area. Mesa was known as Mesa City among the residents, but the post office first called it Hayden's Ferry. Then it was changed to Zenos. Finally, in 1889, the post office department allowed the name of Mesa City. There was already a Mesaville on the San Pedro River which they felt would make the new community name confusing, but finally relented and allowed the chosen name of Mesa.

For more history information, see the Mesa Arizona city site
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The founding of Mesa

1878

The incorporation of Mesa

1883


Attractions

Arizona Chamber Symphony

Arizona Opera (also in Tucson)

Desert Botanical Garden
Chandler Center for the Arts
Heard Museum of Anthropology and Primitive Arts

Grady Gammage Auditorium (at ASU)
Nelson Fine Arts Center (at ASU)
Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Symphony
Phoenix Zoo
Red River Opry

Taliesin West, former summer home of famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
Cactus Rd. and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ
Phone: 480-860-8810

Arizona Temple Visitors Center
525 E. Main St.
Mesa, Arizona
Phone: 480-964-7164
A noted landmark with beautifully manicured gardens throughout the grounds. In December, more than 400,000 bright, twinkling lights are displayed. A spectacular Easter Pageant features a musical dramatization of the resurrection of Christ. It is the largest annual Easter Pageant in the world.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
40 miles east of Mesa on US Highway 60.
Thousands of varieties of desert plants and wildlife from throughout the world.

Sirrine House
160 N. Center
Mesa, Arizona
Phone: 480-644-2760
Built in 1896 by one of the city's pioneers, Joel E. Sirrine, it isMesa's firstfully restored, Victorian-era historichome museum.

Arizona Museum for Youth
35 N. Robson
Phone: 480-644-2467
A child-oriented fine arts center featuring changing art exhibits and unique hands-on art activities for children.

Buckhorn Wildlife Museum
5900 E. Main
Mesa, AZ
Phone: 480-832-1111
This museum features more than 400 mounted and displayed native bird and animal specimens

The Champlin Fighter Aircraft Museum at Falcon Field in Mesa was closed in 2003 and the collection moved to the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. It was home to the World's largest private collection of flyable vintage fighter aircraft.

Commemorative Air Force Museum
2017 Greenfield Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85215
Phone: 480-924-1940
Home of "Sentimental Journey," a restored WWII B-17. A collection of all types of combat planes of the US Armed Forces plus some of other countries. Please call for hours of operation.

Mesa Southwest Museum
53 N. Mcdonald
Mesa, AZ
Phone: 480-644-2230
A miniature "Smithsonian" featuring southwestern folklore and more.

SPORTS & RECREATION
Outdoor recreation abounds in the area. Among the offerings are:
The Arizona Cardinals (NFL Football)
Games at the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.
Phone: 480-379-0102

Phoenix Suns (NBA Basketball)
Phone: 602-379-7867

Arizona Diamondbacks (Major League Baseball)
Phone: 602-514-8400

Phoenix Coyotes (NHL Hockey)
Phone: 480-473-5600

Arizona Rattlers (Arena Football)
Phone: 514 TDTD (8383) or 602-379-7878

Cactus League
(professional baseball spring training)
Phone: 480-827-4700
Toll-free: 800-283-6372

Phoenix Mercury
Women's National Basketball Association
Phone: 602-503-5555 (tickets)
Phone: 602-340-0001

Arizona State University Sports Information
Phone: 480-965-2381

Professional golf tournaments during the season
Phoenix Greyhound Park Racing
Phoenix International Raceway
Golf Courses - 25 within 15 minutes
The Fiesta Bowl
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Mesa City Government

City of Mesa official website

Email the Mayor or city council: council@cityofmesa.org

The city residents elect a city council consisting of the mayor and six council members. A new system will begin in March of 2000. The council seats were each represent one of six geographic areas of Mesa. The new system for the council was approved by voters in May of 1998.

Most city offices and services are located at Mesa City Plaza
20 E. Main Street
Mesa Arizona 85201
Mailing address:
City of Mesa
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211For general information about the city, please call: (480) 644-2011.




COUNTY GOVERNMENT


Maricopa County
contact maricopa county - andy@webber.maricopa.gov

Mesa Historical Events

1997-2001
Phoenix Mustangs
West Coast Hockey League
The Mustangs played here as a minor league ice hockey team from 1997 - 2001.
1997-2000
The Arizona Thunder was an Indoor Soccer Team that played here for several years.

Mesa Chamber

Chamber of Commerce
120 N. Center
Mesa, Arizona 85201-6627
Phone: 480-969-1307

Mesa Organizations

Chamber of Commerce
120 N. Center
Mesa, Arizona 85201-6627
Phone: 480-969-1307

Mesa Libraries

City of Mesa Library
64 East First Street
Mesa, Arizona
Phone: 480-644-2207
Email
Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
librarian: Patsy Hansel, Library Director (2-2002)


Maricopa County LibraryRegional Library
North Central
17811 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
Phone: 480.506.2957

Mesa Schools

Mesa Public Schools
63 E. Main Street, #101
Mesa, Arizona 85201
Phone: 480-472-0000


Mesa Education page


Life School College Preparatory
LS Downtown Mesa
address: 65 E. 1st Ave. #105
Mesa, Arizona
Phone: (480) 835-6608
Email
Life happens ... Why not prepare - at Life


Life School College Preparatory
LS Gold
2929 E. McKellips
Mesa, Arizona 85213
Phone: (480) 294-1500
Email
Life happens ... Why not prepare - at Life



HIGHER EDUCATION


Mesa Community College


Apollo College offers certificate and degree programs ranging from four months to two years of study.
The college has 6 locations: North Phoenix, West Phoenix, Mesa, Tuscon (all in Arizona). Additional facilities are located in Portland, Oregon and Spokane, Washington.
Mesa, Arizona location:
Mesa Campus
630 West Southern Avenue
Mesa, Arizona 85210
Phone: (480) 831-6585 Mesa

Miscellany

Mesa Population was:
1990 - 288,091
1996 - 344,764
1998 - 361,134
2000 - 396,375
2001 - 421,614

City of Mesa is now the nation's 43rd largest city, according to the 2000 census. Mesa's population is expected to reach 500,000 by 2020.

All of Arizona is on the Mountain Standard Time - year round. When other parts of the country go on daylight savings time, Arizona remains on standard time.


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