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Maricopa County in the U.S. state of Arizona was once the home of the Hohokam people. In their language, ‘Hohokam’ translates to ‘All Used Up’ or ‘The Departed Ones.’ They arrived in the area almost 2,000 years ago and disappeared around 1450 A.D., before the arrival of early settlers.
According to the City of Mesa Library, the Hohokam people were responsible for the original canal system. This network is considered the largest and most sophisticated canal system in the prehistoric New World. Many of these canals were 90 feet (27 meters) wide and ten feet deep at their head gates, extending for as far as 16 miles (26 kilometers) across the desert. Due to this technological wonder, water could be delivered to an area over 110,000 acres (450 kilometers squared). This made the Sonoran Desert into a fertile oasis. Many of these prehistoric canals are still in use today.
In the 19th century, a Latter Day Saint pioneer by the name of Daniel Webster Jones founded a settlement in Lehi, which rests at the northern edge of present-day Mesa. It was initially christened Jonesville and Fort Utah. Another settlement was built by the First Mesa Company at the top of the mesa, which serves as the city’s namesake. Initially, this settlement was called Stringtown, but by July 17th, 1878, Mesa City had been registered as a town. (Mesa derives from the Spanish and Portuguese word for table, which describes the landscape of the area, an elevated platform of land featuring a flat top and steep cliffs at its sides.)
Modern day Mesa, according to a 2013 U.S. Census estimate, has a population of 457,587 people. This makes it the 38th largest city in the United States and the third largest city in Arizona. Technically, Mesa is a suburb of Phoenix, and the total metropolitan population was estimated to be 4,398,762, which is the 12th largest in the country.
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