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Phoenix Travel GuideThe State capital of Arizona, Phoenix, is the largest city of the state and the fifth largest one in the country. It is also the second largest city of the West ranking right after Los Angeles. In terms of being the most populated state capital Phoenix occupies the first place in the United States of America.
The Hohokam people occupied the land that would later become Phoenix for more than thousand years. An American Civil War veteran named Jack Swilling is associated with history of the city called Phoenix. Following the ancient Native American system Swilling had a series of canals build when he found this abandoned land and considered the huge potential of the place as a farming ground. Lord Darrell Duppa finally suggested the name "Phoenix," for this place as it described a city born from the ruins of a former civilization.
On February 14, 1912, under President William Howard Taft, Phoenix became the capital of the newly formed state of Arizona. The Salt River runs through the west side of the city. Phoenix has an arid climate. The place is very hot during summer time but has a temperate and mild winter season. There is not enough rain that occurs during the hot summer and this period begins from end of July and lasts till almost September. Snowfall is extremely rare in the area in and around the city of Phoenix. The year 1937 saw the last heaviest snowfall that was recorded.
Fifteen urban villages make up the city of Phoenix. These urban villages are: Ahwatukee Foothills, Camelback East, Alhambra, Central City, Deer Valley, Desert View, Encanto, Estrella, Laveen, Maryvale, North Gateway, North Mountain, Paradise Valley, South Mountain and Rio Vista. Paradise Valley is not to be confused with the town of Paradise Valley that is also situated over here. The most popular districts and regions around Phoenix Midtown, Downtown, West Phoenix, South Phoenix, North Phoenix, Biltmore Area, Sunnyslope, Arcadia, Ahwatukee.
The early economy of Phoenix was mainly agricultural and this economy was primarily dependent on cotton and citrus farming. But with the alarming growth of population during the last two decades the economy expanded rapidly. As because the place has a warm climate during the winter, Phoenix benefits a lot, economically from tourism as well as seasonal recreation. For instance the place now has a pulsating golf industry.
The military has a significant presence in Phoenix with Luke Air Force Base which is located in the western suburbs. At its height, in the 1940s, the Phoenix area had 3 military bases: Luke Field which is still in use, Falcon Field, and Williams Air Force Base which is now Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, with numerous auxiliary air fields located throughout the region.
There are a lot of museums scattered all across the valley of Phoenix. One of the most well-known and famous museums in the area is the Heard Museum. Other places of tourist attraction are the Arizona Science Center, Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum, Fleischer Museum, Phoenix Museum of History, Arizona Historical Society Museum, the Phoenix Zoo, and the Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park.
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