"This small community has been in existence since c. 1949. According to and informant, the fact that it came into existence is the reason for the name. "
Barnes, Will C.; Granger, Byrd (ed.) Arizona's names : X marks the place Falconer Pub. Co. : distributed by Treasure Chest Publications, c1983. P. 596
Surprise was founded in 1929 and incorporated in 1960. The name "Surprise" came from Surprise, Nebraska, hometown of the city's founder, Homer C. Ludden. What was once a small farming village now encompasses more than 68 square miles, including urban and commercial developments, ranches and industrial parks. The once irrigated farmlands and orchards are now affordable real estate for people and industry who wish to live and operate in a progressive city.
Arizona Department of Commerce Community Profile- Surprise, Arizona
Surprise, Arizona Local Government Website
Surprise Public Library
15844 N Hollyhock Surprise AZ, 85374
Books/Manuscripts found in the ASU Library Catalog
planning report for Surprise, Arizona
XCMA 6.2:S 86
comprehensive development guide : subdivision ordinance / Town of Surprise,
KFX2399.S872 Z623x 1986
Items on the Arizona and Southwest Index
Oral History With Francisca Cavazos, 1992
Translation of Centro Adelante questionaire, 1992
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