The “West’s Most Western Town,” Scottsdale was established when U.S. Army Chaplain Winfield Scott purchased 640 acres to start a farming operation in 1888. The climate and location made it desirable for agriculture and the development of ranching operations that would later inspire the city’s infamous slogan.
During the Depression Era, an influx of artists and architects migrated to the city including Frank Lloyd Wright who would later purchase land at the foot of the McDowell Mountains for his winter home and his firm’s Southwestern headquarters.
Today, Scottsdale is among the 100 largest U.S. cities but maintains its heritage.
– The Arizona 100 reports