DXF Map Glendale + Peoria + Surprise Arizona US full

General overview of the history of urban development in Glendale, Peoria, and Surprise, Arizona. Keep in mind that there may have been further developments since then.

Glendale, Arizona:

Early History:

  • Glendale’s history can be traced back to the late 19th century when William John Murphy, a prominent Arizona land developer, began promoting and selling land in the area.
  • The completion of the Arizona Canal in 1885 facilitated agriculture, and the availability of water attracted settlers.

Growth and Development:

  • Glendale gradually transformed from an agricultural community to a more diversified economy, with the development of businesses and industries.
  • The city experienced growth during the post-World War II period, with an influx of population and the establishment of various facilities and services.

Sports and Entertainment:

  • Glendale is known for the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL and host to various major sporting events, including the Super Bowl.
  • Westgate Entertainment District, a mixed-use development, has contributed to Glendale’s reputation as a hub for entertainment and shopping.

Peoria, Arizona:

Early Settlement:

  • Peoria’s history is also rooted in agriculture, and it was initially settled by farmers who were attracted to the fertile land along the Salt River.
  • The completion of the Peoria Canal in 1886 further facilitated agricultural development.


  • Like Glendale, Peoria experienced significant growth in the post-World War II era, with an increase in population and the development of residential and commercial areas.
  • The city saw a transition from its rural roots to a suburban community.

Economic Development:

  • Economic diversification occurred with the growth of businesses, healthcare facilities, and educational institutions in Peoria.

Surprise, Arizona:

Early Development:

  • Surprise, as the name suggests, was originally a remote area with a few scattered houses.
  • The city experienced a significant transformation in the late 20th century as the Phoenix metropolitan area expanded.

Planned Community:

  • Surprise adopted a master-planned approach to development, with an emphasis on well-designed neighborhoods, parks, and amenities.
  • The city attracted retirees and families looking for a suburban lifestyle.

Economic Growth:

  • Surprise has seen economic growth with the development of retail centers, educational institutions, and healthcare facilities.

Common Themes:

  • All three cities, Glendale, Peoria, and Surprise, are part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, and their histories are interconnected with the broader regional development.
  • The availability of water resources, particularly through canal systems, played a crucial role in the initial settlement and agricultural development of these areas.
  • Post-World War II, there was a notable shift toward suburbanization and a more diversified economy, reflecting broader trends in the United States.
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