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History, Phoenix Style

History, Phoenix Style

avatarthumbnail.jpgI’ve often told Teresa Boardman and others that Phoenix doesn’t do history – at least in terms of real estate. Teresa’s house in St. Paul dates back to the Ice Age (which sounds like it’s still happening up there) and yet it’s uncommon to find much in the Phoenix area more than 50 years old. And, truth be told, it’s often difficult to interest a home buyer in anything older than the Carter administration.

But saying Phoenix doesn’t do history isn’t exactly correct. History surrounds us here in the Valley (a reminder was in yesterday’s Arizona Republic); partial evidence exists at the Pueblo Grande Museum just northeast of Sky Harbor International Airport, on the site of the HoHoKam civilization’s Pueblo Grande.

While the ability to look back at a long-departed civilization is impressive enough, it’s even more striking when contrasted with the surrounding city.

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The light rail runs along the museum ground’s northern border; to the south is the parking garage for Sky Harbor and to the east is the Loop 202 freeway.

While this weekend in the Valley is dedicated to the FBR Open in north Scottsdale and the impending Super Bowl matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers, Pueblo Grande offers an opportunity for something a little different – a chance to go back in time, within walking distance of the Light Rail.

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