Rich with History – Paradise Valley Has Kept This Mountain Town Quiet
Paradise Valley is rich with history. Today, it is a peaceful yet flourishing town that attracts an abundance of new residents each year. The variety of neighborhoods with beautiful dream homes is the ultimate destination for all lifestyles. Boasting mountain views and a wonderful selection of social events, it took over 100 years for the community to transform into the town it is now.
According to the Town of Paradise Valley website, area history dates back to the late 1800’s. Cattle surrounded the McDowell Mountains to the east and Camelback Mountain was the south end of the town. What really began the process of building an economy was the Rio Verde Canal Company, which turned this open grazing area into irrigated farmland.
Settlement in Paradise Valley, according to the town’s website, did not occur until post World War II. In the late 1950’s, Phoenix and Scottsdale were considering expansion of their respective boundaries that would interrupt the rural lifestyle Paradise Valley residents had been accustomed to.
They fought hard to keep their community quaint and not overpopulated. By 1968, the boundaries of Paradise Valley were well set and grew to about 13,000 people in 2000. It is evident when living here that throughout the town’s history, residents have been able to maintain a quiet, country-like setting with little government intervention.