Scottdale AZ is often stereotyped as an upscale city with its high-end resorts and golf courses. Many people, mostly local tourists, are intimidated because they think that Scottsdale is just for wealthy travelers. But these are just all assumptions, you’ll be surprised at how much more the city has to offer more than just those spas, golf courses, and resorts.
In 1894, Scottsdale AZ was named after Winfield Scott who was a retired United States Army captain.
Winfield Scott visited Salt Valley River in the early to mid-1880s. He returned in 1888 with Helen, his wife, and bought 640 acres of land. Together with his brother, George Washington Scott, Winfield were the first residents of this town.
The town first became known as Orangedale because of the huge citrus groves that the Scotts planted. Scott recruited people from the East and the Midwest, who became the town’s original settlers. They were educated and became appreciative of cultural activities.
In 1896, the Scottsdale Public School system was established, and the first schoolhouse was opened. The opening of the first general store in Scottsdale by J. L. Davis followed next in 1897.
In 1909, the first resort in the region was opened, the Ingleside Inn, located at the south of the Arizona Canal and west of the Crosscut Canal. On that same year, the Cavalliere’s Blacksmith Shop was opened in downtown Scottsdale. Likewise, the original schoolhouse was replaced by the bigger Little Red Schoolhouse, which still exists to this day.
Scottsdale’s second resort was opened to the public by artist Jessie Benton Evans, the Jokake Inn, which means mud house. The structure still exists on the grounds of Phoenician Resort.
Scottsdale City was incorporated in the year 1951.
At the time of its incorporation, the city’s population was just 2,000, it has now grown to 217,385, as reported by the 2010 census. Scottsdale AZ is recognized as the 6th largest city in Arizona. It was one of several cities to be recognized as the “Most Livable City” award in 1993 by the United States Conference of Mayors. The city is commonly characterized by its high quality of life.
Scottsdale is found in the Salt River Valley, also known as the “Valley of the Sun”, north of the Sonoran Desert. On its west are Paradise Valley, Phoenix, and Maricopa County.
The city is divided into four areas: South Scottsdale, Old Town or Downtown Scottsdale, Central Scottsdale or the Shea Corridor, and North Scottsdale.
South Scottsdale is a working-class neighborhood. SkySong, the new research center for Arizona State University is in South Scottsdale.
The Old Town Scottsdale is the major art center of metro Phoenix. It has a lot of old-fashioned stores, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and art galleries. It is also home to the city’s main cultural district, including the high-end Scottsdale Fashion Square, which is recognized as one of USA’s 20 largest malls.
Shea Corridor got its name because it is near the east-west Shea Boulevard. The houses in this part of the city are were generally built in the 1970s.
North Scottsdale is considered the most actively developed area of the city. It also has many of the most expensive houses in Arizona.
The city’s climate is arid. The winter months are mind to warm, while the summer months are extremely hot.
Places to Explore in Scottsdale
The city has a lot of beautiful places to visit, here are some of them:
It is a huge, permanently protected desert habitat which offers hiking adventures for the whole family. There are hiking trails for everybody based on one’s competency and fitness level. For instance, the Gateway Loop is a rocky trail, while Brown’s Ranch is an easier trail.
This is for those who enjoy taking mini-train rides with the family. Aside from the beautiful park, the whole family can enjoy the Magna Arizona Railroad locomotive which is a railroad museum. There are dioramas, play areas, a carousel, and a souvenir store.
This is an art facility with an amazing glass atrium provided a beautiful tropical rainforest to serve as habitat for thousands of butterflies, where they can freely fly. They also offer a 3D educational movie titled “Flight of the Butterflies” and interactive insect exhibits. There is also a café and a gift shop here.
If you want to stroll down memory lane, the Old Town Scottsdale is the place to visit. This is in downtown Scottsdale where there are a lot of restaurants, art galleries, jewelry stores, souvenir shops, and unusual stores. You’ll also see the Little Red Schoolhouse, the old Rusty Spur Saloon, and Cavalliere’s Blacksmith Shop.