This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

Time traveling in Arcadia

If you know your Phoenix history, you know that the Arizona Canal was built in 1885, and runs parallel to Grand Canal, which is further south. And once the Arizona Canal was built, at where 48th Street/Arcadia Drive is now, a Crosscut canal was built to connect the two main canals.

It must have been incredible to see when all of this was new. The desert was being transformed into an oasis. Upstream from the canals there was cactus, and dirt. Downstream there were orange groves.

This view has changed a bit in over 100 years, and the old Crosscut Canal (which went out of service in 1913 when the new one was built east of Papago Park) is nothing but a storm drain now. This view is looking southwest from the north side of the Arizona Canal at Arcadia Road (48th Street). The tiny bridge is the road now, and over behind the tree on the left is an historic marker. The mountains in the distance are the Estrellas. To the right, where the orange groves are, is where Arcadia Plaza is today, 48th Street and Indian School Road.

I was there yesterday, and while I didn't see any horses, I saw a lot of people out jogging and walking. Things really haven't changed all that much.
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