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The very first. The Hohokam first settled this area, creating impressive irrigation canals for agriculture within the shadows of the Sierra Estrella Mountains. They were followed by the Pima and Maricopa Native Americans.
First European contact. Father Eusebio Kino was the first known European to see the Sierra Estrella Mountain Range. He explored and mapped the area all the way down to the Mexican border.
The Butterfield Stagecoach Line passed right through this part of Arizona, providing mail and passenger service between Missouri and Southern California. This speedy line was the predecessor to American Express and Wells Fargo.
The iron horse arrived. Southern Pacific Railroad rolled through Arizona through the towns of Liberty and Buckeye. Now the west coast was only a day's journey away.
Pledge allegiance. The Territory of Arizona was the last territory of the lower 48 to become a state.
Cotton was king. In response to a growing demand for cotton, Goodyear executive Paul Litchfield established Goodyear Farms on 16,000 acres.
In the air. Luke Air Force Base was named after Lt. Frank Luke, Jr. and established as an advanced training field for the Army Air Corps. It remains the largest fighter-training base to this day.
Rising opportunities. World War II brought recovery and opportunity. Goodyear Aircraft Corp. began building blimps, employing 7,500 people.
A very good year. The town of Goodyear was incorporated. It was home to 220 houses, a grocery store, drug store, barbershop, and service station.
A rare opportunity. The property that would become the Estrella™ community was added as a Federal land preserve and made available for public purchase.
Twin lakes. North and South Lakes were created, offering 72 acres of aquatic fun with kayaking, canoeing, and sailing. Families flocked to the sand beaches for water play, sunsets and barbecues.
Home sweet home. First offering! The Estrella™ community Grand Opening was a three-day extravaganza with lakeside activities and a concert featuring the Phoenix Symphony.
Hit the links. The Golf Club of Estrella opened. Designed by Nicklaus Design, this 18-hole golf course offers challenging play for players of all skills. The Sonoran Desert and views of the Sierra Estrella Mountains make for an uplifting experience.
A national treasure. President Clinton declared 496,000 pristine acres of Sonoran wilderness a National Monument. The area is home to diverse and endangered species, forests of cactus, and numerous historical and archeological sites.
A new beginning. Nationally acclaimed master-planned community developer Newland Communities purchased Estrella and began selling homes. It will be several decades until build-out.
Community ties strengthen. Montecito, a new community of Estrella, opened with 1,500 friends in attendance for the festivities. Residents gained a new way to connect with a community website, www.LifeInEstrella.com.
CantaMia®, the first 55 -Plus community within Estrella, opened to much excitement. Mountain Ranch Marketplace brought Safeway, Chase Bank and other services to the community, giving residents the opportunity to shop close to home.
Along the base of the Sierra Estrella Mountains, the tribes of the Hohokam first settled these lands thousands of years ago. A sense of wonder later welcomed settlers who arrived with the Southern Pacific Railroad. Today, we continue to enjoy a rich, diverse life within view of these vibrant hills.