Sunday, March 15, 2009

Arizona blogs theme day - Old Arizona

On the 15th of the month, the Arizona daily photo blogs do their own theme day - I got to pick this one, and I chose "old Arizona" - this was harder than I thought it would be! I finally settled on a photo of part of downtown Chandler, including one of the oldest stores still there, Saba's western wear. The downtown storefronts have been restored to look like their original selves, and it does give a nice sense of history to it.

The town of Chandler is really not very old - it started out when a veternarian, Dr. AJ Chandler, bought a bunch of land in 1891. He then subdivided his ranch, started advertising, and built up the little town of Chandler, outside of Phoenix. The center of town basically started around the site in the above photograph, beginning with the opening of the Hotel San Marcos in 1913. Chandler was officially incorporated into a town in 1920.

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Thérèse said...

Chandlermom, this B&W is a great idea for the theme!

Judy said...

I've always loved old town Chandler. This was a great choice for theme day. And it's good to see that it still looks great.

Pat said...

my favorite biz in downtown chandler is the barber shop and all the hats. Great ideal to do it in B&W.