Glendale-Some fun facts about this great city:
June 18th 1910: Glendale becomes incorporated with 1,000 residents.
Catlin Court in downtown Glendale was born from 1915 to about 1930. Most of these homes are still standing and are on the National Register of Historic Places.
1948: Glendale becomes the only city in Arizona with 100% of its streets paved.
World War II saw the development of Thunderbird Field, a facility used to train civilian pilots for the Army. While this field was being built in 1941, the Army was busy working on a larger base 10 miles west of Glendale. Built for $4.5 million, Luke Field (now Luke Air Force Base) was named for the first piolt to receive a Medal of Honor, Lt. Frank Luke Jr.
Thunderbird Field would later become the Thunderbird American Graduate School for International Management.
By the end of the century, Glendale’s school system had grown from a handful of schools to multiple districts including the Glendale Elementary, Peoria Unified, Deer Valley Unified and Glendale Union High School districts. Arizona State University’s west campus grew into a major educational institution in recent years and Glendale also became home to Midwestern University and Glendale Community College’s North Campus.
Arrowhead Towne Center opened in 1993 and the surrounding neighborhood Arrowhead Ranch continues to be one of the most sought after communitites in the Valley. The completion of the Loop 101 throughout Glendale opened the city to the rest of the Valley.
Glendale today is a destination city for sports in the valley. The state-of-the-art University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals, is also host to the Fiesta Bowl, Spring Training, NCAA Tournaments well as the 2008, 2015 and 2023 Superbowl.