The City of Maricopa’s roots date back to the late 1800s, when the area was called Maricopa Wells and was one of the most important relay stations along the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line and the more famous Butterfield Overland Mail Route.
One of the best-known spots in Arizona at the time, it offered a reliable source of water and abundant supply of food. The farmers who lived nearby sold supplies to travelers and migrants.
Little remains of the once bustling Maricopa Wells, but it played an important part in setting the foundation for progress and development of the Southwest.
– The Arizona 100 reports