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A Brief History of Mesa, Arizona

Mesa's story is one of mysterious Indians, Spanish expeditions, early American explorers, Mormon migrations, a diverse community, and continual growth. Individuals and families made important contributions to the development of Mesa.


Mesa, Arizona 1929
Mesa, Arizona 1929
Photo courtesy of Mesa Southwest Museum

Written with assistance from Sarah Zafra, Charles Crismon, Reta Reed Otis Kellis, and Barbara Nielsen, Mesa Historical Society; Jerry Howard, Mesa Southwest Museum, and Sandra Apsey, Mesa Public Library. Revised July 2003. Reprinted with permission.

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