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"Alexander John Chandler (b. Near Coaticock, Canada, July 15, 1859; d. May 8, 1950) came to Arizona in August 1887. He was appointed the first veterinary surgeon for the Territory of Arizona. Meanwhile, severe drought had set in and Arizona catttle were perishing rapidly. After only thirty days as state veterinarian in Prescott, Chandler resigned, intending to go to California. On his wagon trip down the Black Canyon Road, Chandler became convinced he was doing the right thing. However, the night he arrived in Phoenix it began to rain and Chandler changed his mind. He reconsidered his resignation as veterinary surgeon and took up the job again, keeping it until 1892.
Chandler became one of the largest landholders in the Salt River Valley, having nearly eighteen thousand acres which formed the Chandler Ranch in the early 1890s. While Roosevelt Dam was being constructed, Chandler was becoming an expert in irrigation.He surveyed his acreage into agricultural plots of from ten to one hundred sixty acres, and in 1911 advertised his land for sale. The response was immediate. A year later the town of Chandler was established to provide a community for the newcomers."
Post Office Established April 11, 1912. Incorporated February 16, 1920.
Barnes, Will C.; Granger, Byrd (ed.) Arizona
Place Names University of Arizona Press. 1960
City Profile--Arizona Department of Commerce
Local Government Website
Chandler Chamber of Commerce
Chandler Public Library
Arizona Railway Museum
East Valley Tribune
Arizona Republic: Chandler Edition
Books/Manuscripts found in the ASU Library Catalog
Chandler, Arizona : landscape as a product of land speculation/ by Sylvia
The Story of Chandler, Arizona in pictures
Chandler : pioneer city of the New West/ by Scott Solliday.
Items on the Arizona and Southwest Index
The Development of Chandler, 1920
Economic Analysis of the Ostrich Industry in Arizona's Salt River Valley,
Chandler, Arizona: A Historical Geography, 1976
The Development of Chandler and Vicinity
Historic Buildings Chandler, Arizona, N.D.
Arizona Republican Jan 5, 1912
Tucson Daily Citizen April 11, 1913
Arizona The New State Magazine June 1913
Sunset Magazine v. 51 Jan-June 1915 p. 1099-1109
Arizona Highways April 1939
Roadrunner Feb. 1962
Arizona Rev business and public administration Sept 1964
Roadrunner June 1967
The Arizonan March 13, 1969
Roadrunner June 1971
Farmer-Ranchman Feb 1974
Arizona Business and Industry July 1976
Arizona Business and Industry Nov 1976
Arizona Business and Industry April 1977
Todays Business Dec 1979
Arizona republic 7/9/80
Phoenix Magazine october 1981
Tempe Daily news 3/16/1986
Phoenix magazine November 1986
Photograph: Polo Players and Unidentified People on Horseback. Chandler,
Photograph: Panorama of townsite. Chandler, Arizona, 1911
Photograph: Opening day for the town. Chandler, Arizona, C.1911
Photograph: John Witherspoon, Golfer Putting on the Green at the San
Marcos Resort. Chandler, Arizona, C.1915
Photograph: Portrait of Harry Collis, Golf Pro at Ingleside and Chandler.
Chandler, Arizona, C.1915
Photograph: Golf Pro John Witherspoon Putting on Oiled-Sand, Greens
at San-Marcos-Hotel; Chandler, Arizona, 1915
Photograph: Southwestern Golf Tournament at the San Marcos and the First
Golf Course in Chandler Laid Out by Harry Colles and Will H. Robinson,
Chandler, Arizona, C.1916
Photograph: First Golf-Course in Chandler; Chandler, Arizona, C.1916
Photograph: Aerial. Chandler, Arizona, C.1920
Photograph: Group Portrait of Bird Wranglers. Chandler, Arizona, C.1920
Photograph: Railroad Depot. Chandler, Arizona, 1926
Photograph Collection: Two Clerks in front of Chandler Market, Arizona.
San Marcos Hotel showing the world famous orange vista couryard outside
the resort and country club.
Chandler. Color postcard of a residential street in Chandler Arizona
View of Dr. Chandler's residence near Mesa c. 1900
Last Updated: 3/12/04