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When considering the community of Tolleson, Arizona, one also has to consider the sense of community. The residents of Tolleson have enjoyed its dramatic area growth, the preservation of the human condition, family, leadership, as well as its community values of appreciation for diversity.
Tolleson was established in 1912, and is located the center of the west end of the Salt River Valley. A man named Walter and his wife named Alethea Tolleson, were the first pioneers to arrive in the area. The year 1929 brought the incorporation of Tolleson. In 1908 the Tolleson family relocated from South Carolina to Arizona. They bought a 160 acre ranch for $16,000 on the corner and in 1910 purchased a 160-acre ranch at the intersection of Van Buren Street and 91st Avenue. On the southwest corner the old Ten Mile Store was located, which was the first stagecoach stop on the way to Yuma. Mr. Tolleson reopened the stagecoach stop, which became the center of the settlement of Tolleson.
Mr. Tolleson employed a train and gave away five dollar gold pieces for anybody who had the lucky number and also offered free lunches for prospective buyers in an effort to market a great farming opportunity in his new settlement.
Much the same as other communities across the country, Tolleson struggled wearily through the Great Depression during the 1930's. Agriculture in the surrounding region started a rather dramatic recovery, starting in the 1940's.
However, this was a rather rapid decline in agriculture, during the early 1960's as additional machinery and techniques became available to the famers in the region.
City planners developed a master plan that called for the construction of new housing developments, addressed the street beautification projects during the 1970's, in preparation for future growth. They also encouraged the construction of a sewage treatment facility foe two million dollars, which was essential for residential and industrial growth.
The Albertson's Distribution Centers that generated spinoff Tolleson by showcasing the advantageous proximity to the major shipping lanes to Tolleson during the 1980's, which was a prerequisite for industrial businesses. SR-85, the Union Pacific Railroad as well as I-10, intersect Tolleson within a one mile radius. This creates a unique c environment for such significant companies as McKelvey Trucking, Weyerhaeuser, Bose, Nabisco, and PepsiCo. These days, Tolleson is the industrial employment center in the west valley, which employees over 20,000 workers hosts more than 20 Fortune 500 Companies. This is compare to the previous estimated 7,000 workers. This results to of the most impressive jobs to resident's ratios in the country.
The community of Tolleson is in the center of everything in Arizona, in spite of the fact that it is rather small. This includes that Phoenix International Raceway, which is located only ten minutes south. There are also entrainment venues in Phoenix, Goodyear, Peoria, and Glendale and Peoria that are all only ten minutes away to the east and the north. The six square mile community competes with other communities all over the nation.
The community will maintain the foundation of our friendly, family oriented, small community atmosphere. The community of Tempe, we will support a diverse and positive, growth environment that will enrich and maintain the quality of life for everybody.
Because of the color of their skin, some 60 years ago, the children who lived in Tolleson were separated at school. However they fought together for their equal rights.
In Tolleson, a judge ruled, in 1951, that the segregation of children in separate buildings as the result of national or racial origins constitutes the denial of equal protection of the laws guaranteed to the petitioners as citizens of the United States.
A resident of Goodyear named Mary Gannon, who is 69 years old, in the fourth grade when that decision was made. Her father, named Porfirio Gonzales, was the primary in the case. Mr. Gonzales was a quite humble person. He and a group of people had to do what they had to do, and didn't expect any recognition. They were very courageous and fought for what was right.
Mr. Gonzales was the namesake of one of the element school districts. Sadly, in 2006, Mr. Gonzales passed away, when he was 90 years old. The people who signed the suit were A. Wirin, Lupe Isauro and Lupa Favela, Faustino Curiel, Cruz Gonzales de Contreras, John Gonzales, Greg Garcia, Manual Pena, Manual Pens Sr., Patsy Murrieta, Porfirio Gonzales, Joe Gonzales, Trinidad Gem Jr., Angelita Faustino, John "Juan" Camacho, Cruz Gonzales de Contreras, Faustino Curiel, Isauro and Lupe Favela, Angelita Fuentes, Trinidad Gem Jr., Joe Gonzales, and Manual Pena Jr.
The project to add some 1,100 square feet to the campus of Arizona State University cost $2.9 million dollars. However, this improvement will accommodate around 930 students. The district used adjacent was as bonds to secure the funding for the project. The city planner have always been very active in bringing Smart Boards and upgrading the technologies to allow our children to be better connected with more advanced and more modern and advanced technologies. This advancement will serve the community much better that without the project.