Spotlight on Mesa

mesaMesa, Arizona is beautiful, bustling city that is located in Maricopa County, 15 miles east of Phoenix. It is a must-see destination for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts, as well as a thriving community in its own right. Mesa is the third largest city in the state of Arizona, with a population of 439,041 according to the 2010 census, and still growing. Considered part of the larger Phoenix Metropolitan Area, it is bounded on the north by the Tonto National Forest, 3 million acres of rugged and beautiful country which includes the legendary Superstition Mountains. To its west lies Tempe, to its east lies Apache Junction, and to the south is Chandler.

Two thousand years ago, the Mesa area was home to the ancient people known as the Hohokam. The Hohokam built a sophisticated canal system, covering hundreds of miles. Many of these canals are still in use today. The city of Mesa has preserved a group of Hohokam structures in the Mesa Grande Cultural Park (you can learn more about it here.)

In the early part of the 20th century, Mesa was largely agricultural. During the 1940s, Falcon Field and Williams Air Force Base were opened, and military personnel began moving into the area. The population continued to grow as several aerospace companies moved into the area in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Today, Mesa is a busy, modern city that has a mild winter climate, beautiful surroundings, and strong economic conditions. With world class golf courses, access to spectacular desert scenery, and a vibrant shopping and dining scene, Mesa is a great place to live and play. Icing on the cake: it is the home of baseball Spring Training for both the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics! What’s not to love?

Of course, Mesa is also home to a convenient Dollar Self Storage facility, so if you need a temporary or permanent self-storage unit, stop on by.

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