By Tom Peake

Was Avondale named after the New York Avon’s?  No.  I just made that up, but there was a Valley ranch involved in naming it. Buckeye was named after one of the founders favorite state…Ohio!  That one is true.  How about Glendale? Gilbert? Goodyear? Mesa? Peoria? And Phoenix? They all have reasons for being named what they were, and you’ll find those reasons…



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