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Queen Creek

Queen Creek, in the southeast corner of Maricopa County,

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is only a 45-minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport,

but it is a world apart from city life. Families on

irrigated acre lots, mini-farms, and ranchettes live among the

farmers and ranchers, enjoying a rural lifestyle unique to

Queen Creek. Centuries ago, the Hohokam found these fertile

areas along the creeks and washes at the foot of the San

Tan Mountains ideal for farming, as did the settlers who came

to the area at the turn of the century.

Queen Creek incorporated in 1989. The town contains 19,200

acres, with 3,364 (17.6 percent) acres set aside for commercial

or industrial uses. (Commercial uses are clustered around the

town’s downtown core, and industrial uses are found along

the railroad tracks and spur, or in the northern part of the

town to buffer Williams Gateway Airport.)

Queen Creek is a partner in the Joint Powers Authority operating

Williams Gateway Airport at the former Williams Air Force

Base, adjacent to ASU East. But rural scenes fill most of the

45-square-mile planning area of the town–with cultivated

fields and citrus and peach orchards. Near the airport, along

the town’s northern border, are located a number of large

industries such as Olin, TRW Safety Systems, Mitsubishi, and

the General Motors Proving Grounds, providing significant

employment opportunities to residents as well as customers

for downtown businesses.

A widely accepted citizen-created General Plan guides Queen

Creek’s development and includes Queen Creek Ranchettes,

Circle G, and the Orchards, totaling more than 800 one-acre

lots. The community’s emphasis is quality homes and preservation

of the lifestyle residents enjoy. Two equestrian-oriented

projects, with homes on smaller lots located around shared stables

and arenas, are being developed.

Queen Creek attracts thousands of visitors each year for its

U-pick fruit and vegetable crops. The four-day Country

Thunder music festival brings more than 100,000 people to

enjoy camping and concerts. Scenic views include the San

Tan Mountains to the south and the Superstition Mountains

to the northeast. The San Tan Mountain Regional Park offers

open space and recreational opportunities. Queen Creek

plans to acquire and develop two major washes crossing the

town as the foundation of a parks and trail system. Historical

sites include the Old Main school building, the ruins of a

Butterfield Stage stop, and the Town Hall.

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