An Historical Perspective - McDowell Mountain Ranch Area information by Helene Cass and Team
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An Historical Perspective


These days, visitors to McDowell Mountain Ranch likely view the community as a lovely example of a mature, well maintained master-planned development.

However, it’s interesting to remember that as late as 1995, the area that currently includes The Ranch was still relatively barren land and that, until the mid 1980’s, it was actually just unincorporated territory north of the City of Scottsdale.

For those who reside here, it’s probably fascinating to pause occasionally and reflect on just how the community evolved. With that in mind, we’ve assembled an historical timeline designed to evoke memories for some of the original residents and inform those who came later. While many of the earliest events were drawn from materials published by the community itself, most of the information since the late 90’s was actually extracted from our own newsletters.

I hope that you find it both entertaining and instructive. It’s amazing to see how the community grew and to appreciate all the elements that contribute to the ambience of McDowell Mountain Ranch and our wonderful lifestyle. And, because they are an essential part of the maturation process of any community, we’ve even made room for those ultimately unsuccessful missteps that were part of the process.

If you’ve got a few moments, click on the menu to the left and travel through time.







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