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|Latitude:||33.4484 degrees N|
|Longitude:||112.0740 degrees W|
|Area Codes:||602, 480, 420, 928, 623|
|Zip Codes:||85001-85046, 85048, 85050-85054, 85060-85080,85082, 85083,|
|85085-85087, 85097-85098, 85251, 85253, 85254, 85281, 85301,|
|85306-85308, 85310, 85331, 85339, 85353, 85383, 85392, 85709|
|Area:||Approximately 517 sq. miles|
|Time Zone:||Mountain Time Zone (MTZ)|
Nestled into the beautiful “Valley of the Sun,” Phoenix, Arizona is a diverse city with multiple cultural and geological attractions. Phoenix is the county seat of Maricopa County. The Salt River snakes its way through the valley bisecting Phoenix near its Sky Harbor Airport. As both a destination city and a place to relocate, Phoenix has much to offer the visitor or the newcomer.
Phoenix is surrounded by several fast-growing smaller communities, Mesa, Ahwatukee, Chandler, Scottsdale, Glendale, Surprise (to name a few); and several other surrounding neighborhoods that bring their own individual flavor to the cultural mix that is Phoenix.
Like so many cities formed in the western US, Phoenix has a colorful and unique relationship with water. The history of Phoenix began with Jack Swilling, a Confederate veteran of the American Civil War (1861–1865), who came west to seek wealth in the 1850s. Swilling worked in Wickenburg, but during an outing in 1867, he stopped to rest at the foot of the White Tank Mountains. There Swilling observed the abandoned river valley, and considered the area's potential for farming. The terrain and climate were optimal. All Swilling needed was a regular source of water.
The existence of the Hohokam native people’s ruins showed clear paths of their old canals. The old pathways helped Swilling imagine new possibilities. He had a series of canals built, which followed those of the ancient Native American system.
A small community formed east of the present city had many names. Phoenix was first called Pumpkinville, due to the large pumpkins that flourished in fields along the canals. Then the name was changed Swilling's Mill, in honor of Jack Swilling. Later the town was renamed Helling Mill, Mill City, and finally, East Phoenix.
As a former Confederate soldier, Swilling wanted to name the city "Stonewall", after General Stonewall Jackson. Others suggested the name "Salina". Neither name, however, was supported by the community. Finally, Lord Darrell Duppa suggested the name "Phoenix", as it described a city born from the ruins of a former civilization.
The Board of Supervisors in Yavapai County, which at the time encompassed Phoenix, officially recognized the new town on May 4, 1865, and formed an election precinct. The first post office was established on June 15, 1868, with Jack Swilling serving as the postmaster. Imagine how nice it would have been if they had auto transport for those covered wagons back then!
On February 12, 1871, the territorial legislature created Maricopa County, the sixth one formed, by dividing Yavapai County. The first election for county office was held in 1871, when Tom Barnum was elected the first sheriff. Barnum ran unopposed as the other two candidates, John A. Chenowth and Jim Favorite, had a shootout that ended in Favorite's death and Chenowth withdrawing from the race.
Several lots of land were sold in 1870 at an average price of $48. The first church opened in 1871, as did the first store. Public school had its first class on September 5, 1872, in the courtroom of the county building. By October 1873, a small school was completed on Center Street (now Central Avenue). Land entry was recorded by the Florence Land Office on November 19, 1873, and a declaratory statement filed in the Prescott Land Office on February 15, 1872. President Ulysses S. Grant issued a land patent for the present site of Phoenix on April 10, 1874. A short time later, a telegraph office, 16 saloons, four dance halls and two banks were opened.
Phoenix is located in the desert, and there’s a local tongue in cheek saying, “Yeah, but it’s a dry heat” referring to the searing heat in the summer months that can exceed 110 degrees at night! But from October through April and into early May, the climate in Phoenix is delightful. With over 300 sun days a year, one of the slogans for Phoenix in years past was, “you can plan on it” meaning that if you were going to do something outside during those months, chances were extremely good that the weather would cooperate.
Phoenix has a solid economy and is currently home to four Fortune 500 companies: electronics corporation Avnet, mining company Freeport-McMoRan, retailer PetSmart and waste hauler Republic Services. Honeywell's Aerospace division is headquartered in Phoenix, and the valley hosts many of their avionics and mechanical facilities. Intel has one of their largest sites here, employing about 10,000 employees and 7 chip manufacturing fabs, including the $3 billion state-of-the-art 300 mm and 45 nm Fab 32. Many of the employees in the Phoenix economy have used auto transport to get their vehicles squared away.
American Express hosts their financial transactions, customer information, and their entire website in Phoenix. The city is also home to the headquarters of U-HAUL International, a rental and moving supply company; as well as Best Western, the world's largest family of hotels; Apollo Group, parent of the University of Phoenix; and utility company Pinnacle West. Choice Hotels International has its IT division and Operations Support Center in the North Phoenix area. US Airways relocated its Corporate Headquarters to Metro Phoenix area (Tempe) in 2005 after being acquired by America West Airlines. US Airways is the largest carrier at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Mesa Air Group, a regional airline group, is headquartered in Phoenix.
Whether it’s a permanent move, or whether you are just going to enjoy one of the myriad of adventures to be had there—golf, hiking, desert excursions or the like, Phoenix, AZ is a truly unique American city.
If you are considering a move to or from Phoenix, you’ll more than likely need to ship one or more of your autos. We’ll provide you with a "No Contact Information Required" estimate. When you are ready to ship, we will provide you with up to ten free quotes from ten different auto shipping companies. In fact, you can fill out one convenient form right here on our website and we’ll get you the quotes you need when you decide to ship your car, truck, motorcycle, ATV or even your RV. SMB Auto Transport is here to make your transition a little smoother.