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GILA BEND

Named for a 90-degree bend in the Gila River, Gila Bend is one of the westernmost outposts of Maricopa County. Once a stagecoach stop along the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line and then the Butterfield Overland Mail route, the town was considered “The Crossroads of the Southwest.” Its Indian history is rich, as well. The town’s affiliation with the Tohono O’odham Nation dates to 1882, and it’s located just miles from the tribe’s San Lucy District. Although its history is noteworthy, Gila Bend is also committed to the future — the town is home to one of the largest solar-power plants in the world, and two more are under construction. — Kelly Vaughn Kramer


 
FOUNDED
1872
  AREA
22.8 square miles
  ELEVATION
735 feet
  COUNTY
Maricopa
 

Information: www.gilabendazchamber.com

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