Scottsdale, AZ Information

The Hohokam first settled the area now known as Scottsdale in 800 AD. The descendants of this prehistoric culture built extensive irrigation canals so that they could farm the region. Evidence of this vast network exists today. When the first European settlers arrived in the area, Scottsdale was a Pima Indian village known as Vasai S-vasoni, which means rotting hay. An irrigation company paved the way for commercial farming when it modernized the ancient water canals. Winfield Scott and his brother, George Washington Scott, acquired nearly 650 acres of land and established a farm in the 1880s. The members of the desert farming community named their settlement Scottsdale in honor of the brothers.

In 1937, famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright placed Scottsdale on the international stage when he set up his winter headquarters, Taliesin West. The architect's influence and presence are visible in buildings that he designed or inspired throughout the region. A major thoroughfare is named in his honor.

Formally incorporated in 1951, Scottsdale lies in the Salt River Valley, an area that is also known as the Valley of the Sun. The city is located in the Sonoran Desert nestled at the base of the McDowell Mountain Range. It is the sixth largest city in Arizona and has an arid climate with mild winters and very hot summers. Summer highs can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Winter lows rarely drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Thousands of tourists visit Scottsdale to enjoy its weather and attractions.

The city is home to several well-known luxury hotels, resorts, and championship golf courses. There is also a large medical community anchored by the internationally renowned Mayo Clinic. Several well-known companies are headquartered in the city, including Go Daddy and P.F. Chang's.

Scottsdale is a center of art, culture, and recreation. The city has more than 125 art galleries and studios, one of the highest per capita concentrations in the country. There are several art, film, and cultural festivals each year. The city plays host to the San Francisco Giants baseball team during spring training and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. The training facility for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies baseball teams is nearby. Due to its proximity to the mountains, Scottsdale has an active hiking and rock climbing community.

Scottsdale is highly regarded as a top vacation destination and one of the country's most livable cities.