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The West’s Most Western Town

By Linda Tancs

Located in Arizona’s Sonoran desert, the city of Scottsdale‘s origins began in 1888 when U.S. Army Chaplain Winfield Scott (hence, the name) made a down payment on 640 acres near the present-day downtown to start a farming operation.  Its ranching and homesteading heritage earned the young community the moniker “The West’s Most Western Town.”  Now the official city motto, the locale is a popular vacation and conference destination.  And why not, with 330 sunny days each year.

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