Tortilla Flat was first established in 1904 as a stop along the Apache Trail and as a settlement for workers who hand-built the Roosevelt Dam. The then-town played a pivotal role in helping Phoenix grow as it was a means to provide water resources to the growing metropolis.
Over the years, Tortilla Flat has also welcomed famous guests like President Teddy Roosevelt and Barbara Streisand, and has served as the inspiration for many books and movies, including Lust for Gold. Today, Katie Ellering leads the now-unincorporated community and is working to preserve the town’s rich history and continue its legacy.
– The Arizona 100 reports