Spotlight on Laveen


The Estrella Mountains west of Laveen

Laveen is a community southwest of downtown Phoenix. The area was originally inhabited by Pima and Maricopa tribal members.  In the 1870’s, dairy farmers and cotton farmers settled in the area. By the early 1900’s, a large enough community had grown up that Walter Laveen was able to open the first general store, and the town became known as Laveen. Walter also became Laveen’s first postmaster, and later a Sheriff for Pinal County.

Laveen was long separated from Phoenix by the Salt River, which has water in it year-round.  As the twentieth century progressed, more bridges were built and Phoenix kept on growing, until the previously rural Laveen finally became part of the larger urban area of the city of Phoenix.

Situated in the southwest valley between the South Mountain Range and the Estrella Mountains, Laveen is a growing “urban village” with a proud agricultural history. The twenty-first century has seen substantial residential development, and its proximity to downtown Phoenix gives Laveen access to urban amenities while preserving its rural atmosphere.

Laveen is famous for its annual pit barbecue fundraiser, started by the Laveen Cowbelles, which now takes place in February. For over 60 years, the tantalizing smell of barbecue has filled the air, and helped fill the coffers of local childrens’ charities.

Whether you live or work in Laveen, our Dollar Self Storage location on W. Baseline Road is perfect for people in need of an affordable self-storage solution. Come in and talk to our friendly managers.

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