TIMELINE

Maricopa has a rich culture of community that goes back thousands of years. Native
Americans farmed and traded in the area long before Europeans arrived and made it a stop
on a route along the Gila River. Stage routes and train stops made a point of trade and transportation in the 1800s.

Agriculture advance in the area as water was pumped from the
abundant aquifer. Today, Maricopa is a growing community of families and friends – still
rich in historical value.


Maricopa Timeline

Pre-history

Huhugam 1st people to live in the area, also known as the Ancestorial Sonoran Desert People.

Pre-European time

Akimel O’odham settled the area around Maricopa Wells.

1846

General Kearny and the Army of the West Mormon Battalion march through the area.

1848

War with Mexico ends, US Territory established.

1854

Gadsden Purchase adds area to the U.S.

1857

Maricopa Wells stagecoach stop is established.

1863

Territory of Arizona established.

1879

Maricopaville is established as a railroad stop.

1887

Current site of Maricopa established by railroad.

Feb 14, 1912

Statehood of Arizona granted.

Oct. 15, 2003

City of Maricopa incorporated.

Feb. 14, 2012

Arizona Centennial celebrated.

Oct. 22, 2022

Historical Society Museum Opens.

Oct. 12, 2023

City of Maricopa’s 20th Anniversary of incorporation.

Please note that the Maricopa Historical Society is in the City of Maricopa in Pinal county, not to be confused with the County of Maricopa.