Favorite thing: Chandler has an Art Walk the third Friday of each month from 6 PM to 10 PM and a Farmer's Market every Thursday from 3 PM to 7 PM. The Farmer's Market is held in Dr. A. J. Chandler Park and the Art Walk starts there.
Favorite thing: Chandler is a city of about 240,000 located in the East Valley; just east of Phoenix. Like most places in the valley the population here has exploded since 1950. Chandler was established in 1912 and was named after Dr. A. J. Chandler, who helped found the town, was the first veterinarian in Arizona and helped design and build the irrigation system that helped farmers in the area. The Chandler City Offices and the Chandler Public Library are all close to each other and the buildings are all fairly new. The city hall looks pretty nice and the fire station has a nice older look to it. I especially liked the old fire engine in the fire station. Wish I could have gotten a better photo of it.
Dr. Alexander J. Chandler first came to Arizona in 1887 as the first territorial veterinary surgeon. Interested in ranching and land development, he accumulated 18,000 acres of land south of the town of Mesa.
He develpoped irrigation techniques in the area, and played a large role in getting the Roosevelt Dam funded and constructed. Farmers in the Salt River Valley used this as a dependable source of water.
Dr. Chandler planned a town on his ranch, and on May 17, 1912, started selling parcels of land and the town of Chandler was born. More about him can be found at the Chandler Museum which is near a park named after him.
Fondest memory: The Jazz Festival in April 2009