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The Newport plans in 1990.

In 1990, construction started on Maricopa Town Centre, a shopping plaza on Hathaway Avenue next to the post office, which was also constructed around the same time. The artist’s rendering of architect Jonathon Martens’ design showed the first, 5,100-square-foot phase of the planned Newport Properties project. Today, it houses businesses offering chiropractic services, dental work, guns and meat.

Maricopa Town Centre in 2020. Photo by Kyle Norby

This item appears in the June issue of InMaricopa.

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Photo courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society

Decades before Maricopa incorporated, the center point of the community was the school. Some of these fresh faces may still be familiar to long-time residents.

Front row: Frances Brown, Trini Sanchez, Linda Miller, Roberta Tow, Alice Fay Suiter, Edna Farrell, Rosemary Peters, Kathy Conner. Middle row: Goldie Mullins, Jean Thornhill, Norma Ruth Blackwood, Mollie Norris, Dean Green, Jimmy Matheny, Ray Hernandez, Vern Rhoton. Back row: Harry Goodman, Dorothy Reed, Gerlene Sadler, Carrol Hamon, Billy Tow, Marvin Enos, Craig Cooper, Henry Bandin, Johnny White.

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Courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society

The last of three massive water towers that marked the Maricopa area on the railroad tracks in the 1880s, the 60-foot water tower has become an architectural symbol of the town. One of its early brothers was apparently in old Maricopaville two miles west of the current city. Its better-remembered twin collapsed during a 1973 storm. No one knows when the surviving tower was constructed, but it existed when the first train left Maricopa in 1887. It held 50,000 gallons of water, and is now empty. These days, it is one of the most photographed sites in Maricopa.

This item appears in the April issue of InMaricopa.

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Maricopa Historical Society received this original painting from the Cole family through the Maricopa Public Library. The painting (ca. 1972) was on display in the post office when Fred Cole was postmaster. Harold Williams entered and won a U.S. Post Office regional art contest that depicted the history of the postal service. Williams, a self-taught artist, chose to paint old Maricopa during its railroad era. His painting was displayed in various post offices around the state and ended up in Maricopa.  He lived a very simple life in the community of Mobile and had the use of only one hand – which didn’t limit his talent or aspirations.

Courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society

This item appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.