Then and Now: The Incorporation of Chandler

Feb. 24, 2020
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Communications and Public Affairs

On Feb. 16, 1920, the town of Chandler was legally incorporated — an event that gave the City legal power and officially granted residents the authority to elect a town council to make decisions on behalf of the community.

Although the town was founded on May 16, 1912 (eight years prior), Chandler’s incorporation sent a strong message to the rest of Arizona that this community on the edge of the Salt River Valley was growing up and solidifying its reputation as a place of innovation and a home to resilient and hardworking people.

So what did Chandler look like at the age of its incorporation? Here are a few images to help you imagine what life was like in our community 100 years ago:

Chandler Then and Now