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The first United States veterinary surgeon to arrive in Arizona Territory was Dr. Alexander John Chandler in 1891. By 1900, Chandler had amassed 18,000 acres of land south of Mesa, and called the area ‘Chandler Ranch.’ The city of Chandler, AZ, however, wasn’t officially founded until May 17th, 1912, which was the day the town site office opened. The city of Chandler, AZ was then officially incorporated in 1920.
Today, according to an estimate by the US census bureau in July 2014, the population of Chandler, AZ is 254,276. This makes Chandler the 78th most populous city in the country. Chandler is part of a prominent suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, and as such is also contained within the Phoenix, Arizona Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The same 2014 US Census estimated the population of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area to be 4,489,109 people strong. This makes the Phoenix Metropolitan area the 12th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.
Chandler is home to several satellite locations for technology companies such as Intel and Orbital ATK. In fact, according to a report by Intel Corporate Affairs, Intel has four locations within the Chandler municipal area. These four locations include Intel’s “first factory to be designated ‘environmentally sustainable’ under current Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria.”
The Arizona Department of Commerce claimed high-technology manufacturing firms accounted for approximately 25% of non-government workers in Chandler in 2007. Chandler’s 2012 Economic Development Report estimated Intel employed 10,300 people in the local area. Bank of America had the second most local employees: 3,650.
Historically, Chandler, AZ was known for its ostrich farms. During the early 1900s, ostrich feathers were used as plumes for women’s fashionable hats. This fad died down following the integration of the automobile within American daily life, but Chandler never forgot the legacy of its ostriches. In fact, the town celebrates an annual Ostrich Festival.
The city of Chandler, AZ also boasts The Chandler Center for the Arts, which is a 1,500 seat regional performing arts venue located in the downtown area. Nearby Tumbleweed Park is home to the Arizona Railway Museum. This museum, established in 1983, contains an extensive collection of railroad rolling stock and other related artifacts. In fact, two items on display are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Southern Pacific Railroad Locomotive No. SP 2562 and Railroad Steam Wrecking Crane and Tool Car.
Chandler, AZ also serves as the home for other locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These include Chandler High School, which was built in 1900, Crowne Plaza San Marcos Hotel, which opened in 1913, McCullough-Price House (1925), and the Mission/Spanish Revival style Suhwaro Hotel (1900).
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