Mesa in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Mesa Pioneer Monument
This monument is dedicated to the founding men, women and children of Mesa whose efforts, with others of all races, religions and cultures, changed a harsh desert land into this vibrant city of today.
When the first settlers came in 1877-78, they found the remains of an irrigation system built over a thousand years earlier by the Hohokam - "those who are gone." With gratitude for the work of these early people and after eight months of wearisome toil, the new settlers restored one of the ancient canals and water once again flowed to the desert from which this community was destined to grow.
We of Mesa are proud of the heritage these honest, hard-working pioneers have left us. May their spirit and determination continue to enrich our lives through this memorial.
Location. 33° 24.92′ N, 111° 49.174′ W. Marker is in Mesa, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker is on East Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Monument is located at the southern entrance to Pioneer Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 526 East Main Street, Mesa AZ 85204, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Arizona's Honeymoon Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Mesa (within shouting distance of this marker); Sirrine House (approx. ¾ mile away); The Alhambra Hotel (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mesa Woman's Club House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Landmark Restaurant / Mesa Community College (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mesa Grande (approx. 2 miles away); Prehistoric Irrigation in the Salt River Valley (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mesa.
Also see . . . Hohokum Canals in Mesa, Arizona. Unfortunately, not much is left in the way of remnants of Hohokam people. However, there are some rather striking remains such as the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument near Casa Grande and the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix, both of which have Hohokam buildings and relics. In Mesa, there is "Park of the Canals" which boasts large hand-dug canals that were originally made by the Hohokam, and latter deepened by the Mormon settlers.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to view remnants of a canal that is now preserved in the Park of Canals in Mesa. (Submitted on February 15, 2010.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,601 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on May 5, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.