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


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.


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


War with Mexico ends, US Territory established.


Gadsden Purchase adds area to the U.S.


Maricopa Wells stagecoach stop is established.


Territory of Arizona established.


Maricopaville is established as a railroad stop.


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.