Glendale in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
William J. Murphy
Founder of Glendale
Died April 17, 1923 – Phoenix, Arizona
Buried Greenwood Cemetery
W. J. Murphy
Murphy came to Arizona from Illinois in 1880, to build a section of the Atlantic and Pacific (Santa Fe) Railroad. In 1883, he landed a $500,000 contract to build the 40-mile long Arizona Canal from Granite Reef to New River. Instead of cash, Murphy was paid in Arizona Canal Company stocks and bonds. The canal was finished in 1885, but Murphy was left deep in debt. In 1887, he saw an opportunity to sell the land and water rights south of the canal, and he formed the Arizona Improvement Company. To promote the land, it had to have a name. Records of Murphy's promotion of Arizona Canal lands refers to the site as "Glendale" as early as 1885. Murphy breathed new life into Glendale by bringing in major transportation links. In 1888, Murphy decided to provide better access from Phoenix to this new developing settlement by building an 18-mile long diagonal road from Peoria to downtown Phoenix. He called it Grand Avenue. Several early settlers came and homesteaded ranches, but this was still not enough growth for the town to survive. Murphy worked with Burgess Hadsell in 1891, to bring 70 Brethren and River Brethren families to Glendale to form a temperance colony. Murphy
Erected by City of Glendale.
Location. 33° 32.325′ N, 112° 11.038′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker is at the intersection of North 58th Avenue and West Glendale Avenue, on the right when traveling Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glendale AZ 85301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert W. Cole Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Glendale's Towering Flagstaff (within shouting distance of this marker); Hine Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Sine Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Humphrey and Davidson Building (within shouting distance of this marker); C. L. Gillett Block/Glendale State Bank Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Coury Building (about 300 feet away); Murphy Park (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendale.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,361 times since then and 214 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 7, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.