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Old Posted Jan 4, 2010, 4:56 AM
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Tempe, AZ

A cold, but beautiful walk along Tempe Town Lake

















































The next morning (our last) my friend Kelly and I took an early walk on Hayden Butte in Tempe



First a few shots from the car/street.

































Midtown Phoenix















Aw Kelly, don't you know how to pose for a picture?







Looking towards Scottsdale



























Kelly wanted to go eat before we walked around downtown Tempe and by
the time we were done, we had to rush back to our hotel to check out. So,
I'll just end with a few panos for good measure.

Phoenix



Tempe



My Trip: Glendale - Scottsdale - Tempe - Phoenix (Central Ave) - Phoenix (Downtown)

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Nice pictures. Too bad you didn't get a chance to walk around Tempe more.
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Very nice. Thanks for showing these.
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thanks for the pic tour.

tempe is a nice escape from the scottsdales, glendales, chandlers and mesas of the phoenix metro, it's a great college town with a vibrant, walkable and interesting downtown.
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aw, my old college days. its only been a couple years but i sure miss the place - thanks for posting these. its weird to see how little has changed compared to how much changed the four years i was there 2004 - 2008.
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Nice! It's great to see someone else giving Tempe a little love up in here too.
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Tempe has come a long way since I was last there ('96). So odd to see a lake and light rail!
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I was down there on Saturday. Alot has changed in 10 years.
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Notice the poor air quality. Phoenix's famous temperature inversions during the winter months trap the cool air at the surface in the valley like a bowl unable to break through the warmer lid a few thousand feet above.

It was so bad during the holidays that it literally smelled like a camp fire outside because of everyone having fires in their fireplaces. In the streetlights at night it looked like fog, but it wasn't.
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Our dusty air sure makes for great sunsets though. And the fact that when there are some clouds it's not complete overcast, allowing the sun's rays to come from the horizon and light up the clouds.
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Our dusty air sure makes for great sunsets though. And the fact that when there are some clouds it's not complete overcast, allowing the sun's rays to come from the horizon and light up the clouds.
Very true, the particulate matter produce great oranges/reds at sunset.
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Thanks for the comments!

Yes, these shots were taken two days after a heavy rain storm, which clearly didn't do much to clear the particulates out of the air for long. I was lucky, but, my friend's allergies were pretty bad.
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that KPMG tower is schweet
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Tempe's matured a lot in the last decade
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Nice night pics in the beginning, Stepper!! Question. I really didn't see any pics of the old town. Does Tempe have an older central business district, or has it largely grown around the university, especially in recent years?
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Thanks! From my impression, there didn't seem to be much, if any, old "historic" downtown. There were some buildings along Mill Avenue that looked like they could be older or just new made to look historic. But, I didn't get a chance to walk around downtown proper so I could be wrong.

I found a link online here to the Tempe History Museum that has some limited information about restoring some old buildings downtown.
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Basically, most of Tempe's historical CBD lies between Rural Road to the east, Farmers Ave, to the west, the Salt River to the north, and Apache Blvd. to the south. Although, the biggest concentration of historical buildings lies in the area around, and on, Mill Ave. (edit: I should add, I believe the majority of the buildings on Mill today were built somewhere between the early 1900's and the late 1930's.)

Here is a short list of some of the oldest buildings in Tempe, and their circa. To the best of my knowledge, all of the buildings listed below still exist today. In fact, the first listing, the C.T. Hayden House, is currently the well known Monti's Steakhouse (La Casa Vieja Monti's La Casa Vieja) on Mill Ave.

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http://www.tempe.gov/museum/tempe_hi...basics/faq.htm

What is the oldest building in Tempe?

1873 C.T. Hayden House/La Casa Vieja Monti's La Casa Vieja
1880 Mariano Gonzales House 636 W. 1st St.
1880 Gonzales/Martinez House 302 W. 1st St.
1883 Brown/Strong House 604 S. Ash Ave.
1883 Farmer-Goodwin House 820 S. Farmer
1888 Centennial (Sampson) House 320 S Roosevelt (originally 109 W. 6th St.)
1888 George N .Gage House 115 W. University
1888 Tempe Bakery/Hilge Bakery Hackett House
1889 Dr. J.A. Dines/Dr. R..J. Hight House 508 W. 5th St. (originally at 120 W. 7th St.)
1890 Elias-Rodriguez House 927 E. 8th St.
Here are some fun facts about the old Hayden Mill, which is still standing on Mill Ave. Hence the reason for the naming "Mill Ave". As of today, there are plans to renovate the Mill and surrounding historic property into retail shops, restaurants, condos, and apartments.

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Survey Number: HPS-193
Name: Hayden Flour Mill
Location: 119 S. Mill
Year Built: 1918
Architectural Style: Industrial

The Hayden Flour Mill is significant as the oldest continuously used industrial site in the Salt River Valley, for its association with the Charles Trumbull Hayden family, who founded and operated the mill for three generations, and as the most important community industry through the settlement and development periods of Tempe’s history.

Charles T. Hayden built the first mill on the site in 1874. The original adobe mill burned about 1890, and the second mill built on the site, also constructed of adobe, burned in 1917. The existing three and four-story mill was built in 1918 by prominent valley concrete contractor, J. C. Steele. Constructed of cast-in-place concrete post, beam and integral slab construction, the structure is the largest known construction effort in Steele’s career. The 1918 mill exists with its original integrity only slightly modified to accommodate the complex. The Hayden Flour Mill was the larger of two such mills that existed in the state in the 1980s, and operated a 4000-100 weight capacity pneumatically operated mill up until 1997, when milling operations ceased. The mill closed for good in March 1998.
Anyway, thanks, in advance, for letting me present a little history lesson stepper77. I hope it's been informative and all enjoyed.
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I very much appreciate the history on Tempe. And I also looked at your previous threads and enjoyed them since I didn't really get the chance to see much of the city itself. Thanks!
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sweet. is that Starbucks historic? or just made to look that way?

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sweet. is that Starbucks historic? or just made to look that way?

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No, that building was built in about 1997. It is a pretty nice building however.

There's a couple of other buildings in Tempe built in the late 90's that fit the style as well, but this one is by far the best.
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