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Hayden Square is an attraction in Tempe and is named after late U.S. Senator Carl Hayden. The square is surrounded by buildings that house various offices and homes. The square has a large number of businesses, restaurants, shops and a popular night club, all surrounding the open air amphitheater and fountain located here. The place is venue to Oktoberfest, the Festival of Lights, concerts and Super Bowl festivities. It is located less than than half a mile from Arizona State University.
Mill Avenue is the main entertainment and shopping district in the college town of Tempe. The district not only contains city hall and government offices, but major attractions like Tempe Town Lake, Tempe Butte and Tempe Beach Park. In addition to these outdoor attractions, Mill also has tons of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. The Ave is also the site of many of Tempe's major events, festivals and parades.
Since 1874 until the present day, there has been a granary at this site. Conveniently located at the shores of the Salt River, the mill was a catalyst in the development of Tempe by providing a source of income for nearby resident farmers. The two prior mills were lost to fire and this reinforced concrete structure was built in 1918. The mill was the oldest Valley factory still in continuous use before operations ceased in 1998. It subsequently fell into disrepair, however the city decided to preserve the site as a historical monument at the base of Tempe Butte. Today at the mill, visitors can walk around the building, throw a picnic or on occasion, catch a show at the manicured amphitheater.
Established in 1978, Rio Salado College is an accredited college that offers flexible and innovative classes designed to fit a diverse range of students. Convenience is the focus here, with multi-media optimally utilized in the distance learning classes. Many classes are offered that start every two weeks, and courses in the FasTrack program may be completed in eight weeks. Many credit hours are transferable to universities. Check out the informative Web page for further information.
The Desert Botanical Garden began in the 1930's with the goal of preserving the area's pristine desert environment. Today, the garden helps save endangered plants, with the focus still on native flora and special emphasis on succulents. The cactus collection is world-renowned and between the months of March through May, the seasonal blooms are spectacular. The garden hosts numerous events throughout the year, some of which include the popular 'Butterfly Habitat' during the spring and the 'Luminarias' during the holiday season. If you come during the summer months, don't forget your hat and sunscreen!
This triple-tiered structure on a cactus-covered hilltop was built in the late 1920s out of granite, stucco and concrete. San Francisco businessman Allesio Carraro had a vision of building exclusive, custom homes around this world-class resort hotel. He lost his dream to a local businessman, A.E. Tovrea, when he unwittingly sold the place a few years later to Della Tovrea, A.E.'s wife. The Tovrea family immediately moved into the vacated property, utilizing it as their family home up until Della's death in 1969. The City of Phoenix purchased the property in 1993.
Exhibited at Pueblo Grande Museum & Archeological Park are the ruins of a prehistoric settlement of people who lived, farmed and prospered for centuries in this region. Known as the Hohokam, they built their first irrigation system more than 1000 years ago. They were the first people in the area to develop this kind of canal system. Traverse the actual ruins to discover their methods of adobe construction. Phoenix's lone National Historic Landmark, sections include an authentic ball court, irrigation canals and a football field-sized platform mound. A gift shop is located within the museum for those looking for souvenirs.