The History of Phoenix

Phoenix’s rich history can be broken into nine distinct community-building time periods. Starting with the early Hohokam population and leading to the United States’ fifth-largest city, Phoenix represents a connected oasis of diverse and distinct neighborhoods, each with unique amenities. 

Phoenix can trace its roots back to people and families still living in The Valley.  Phoenix Phabulous Experience has collaborated with many of these pioneers as well as newcomers.  We’ve also worked with historians, authors and artists to share an ever-evolving story of Phoenix.   We encourage you to click the time periods below to learn about the  nine community-building time periods of Phoenix.

Storyboard Page Image Phoenix Past, Present and Imagined Future

What does “community” mean in Phoenix? How have Phoenicians created vibrant life in the desert, building a thriving community throughout the ages of time? Here’s the story of Phoenix — with emphasis on historic roots in the downtown core — written by Arizona State University students and others who care about this place.

The Nine Time Periods of Phoenix

To view stories, videos, and images about the history of Phoenix, click on one of the nine time periods below! These time periods cover the history of Phoenix, and provide great insight into how the city came about, how it became the city it is today, and where it is going in the future.  Here’s a comprehensive paper outlining most of the major milestones in the Phoenix major time periods, written by a variety of authors, all in one place!

See our Comprehensive paper about Phoenix in Nine, Major Time Periods as well as other general history of Phoenix links:,_Arizona … and

In addition, here are some interesting Phoenix timelines created by Phoenix historian and scholar, Dr. Donna Reiner (timelines courtesy of Dr. Donna Reiner):