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In 1907, five years before Arizona's statehood, Walter Gist Tolleson and his wife, Alethea, chose the dry Arizona Territory for their sick son. In 1910, they purchased and later subdivided 160 acres just 10 miles from a young settlement known as Phoenix. And in 1912, the town of Tolleson was born. By the 1940s and 1950s, the community had become the "Vegetable Center of the World." The area that was once an agricultural mecca is now divided by suburban sprawl, but Tolleson's original spirit remains. It is bustling with growing schools and industry, as well as world-class sports, shopping, and entertainment facilities, all surrounding a 6-square-mile community with small-town pride. That inexhaustible spirit continues to make Tolleson one of the greatest places in the country to live.
ISBN: 9780738556307
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Arizona
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
After retiring from 31 years of teaching at Phoenix's Carl Hayden High School, author and longtime resident Jim Green now serves as the director of alternative education at Tolleson Union High School District. His coauthor Jimmy Ruiz, a retired Tolleson postmaster, served in that capacity for more than 28 years. As a community historian, Ruiz has written several articles on the Tolleson area. In this volume, Green and Ruiz showcase more than 200 vintage images of Tolleson, gathered from the albums of local residents and from the authors' private collections.