The State Route 347/John Wayne Parkway railroad overpass was a major step forward in moving traffic through Maricopa. It came at a price, however.

The Maricopa Volunteer Fire Department building, built in 1980, was razed, as was the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office building. That building, built in the 1950s, became a library and later a food bank after Maricopa formed its own police department. It also is shown in the color photo in 2018 before it was demolished to make way for the overpass.