Chandler in Arizona may be the only city that is named after a veterinarian who founded the groundwork for the town in 1891. It also has the interesting distinction of being home to Tumbleweed Park, where the annual Chandler Ostrich Festival is held.
While this may make some people think of Chandler as a backwoods community, it is anything but. It is the fourth largest city in the state and is a technological hub as well. How did Chandler go from being a little town with a veterinarian for its mayor to being the High-Tech Oasis of the Silicon Desert, as its nickname says?
Chandler wasn't incorporated until 1920 when Dr. Chandler became mayor after almost 30 years of living in the area. Dr. Chandler was not only a vet; he was also a big ranch owner who made use of early irrigation. He eventually used his ranch property to start a town that began with a few shacks, and in one year he had moved it from being a ranch to being an established town with roads, early cars, a bank, and a railroad depot.
From there, the city grew rapidly. For a long time, Chandler maintained a feel that was far more rural than urban. Part of this was because its economy was still very agricultural. In addition to other things, ostriches were raised for their feathers. World War II added a population of servicemen to the city.
Chandler gradually added electronics and manufacturing to agriculture over the years as Microchip and Intel moved in. Despite these things and its nickname, which imply a thoroughly urbanized city, Chandler still has some very interesting features you would think would be unique to a backwoods community.
For instance, while other people have Christmas trees, Chandlerites have tumbleweed trees...or at least, they have one Tumbleweed Tree. The Tumbleweed Tree is made out of a real Christmas tree that is surrounded by a wire frame. Chandlerites then attach about 1000 tumbleweeds to the frame. When painted and made as flame-proof as possible, the tree is then covered in glitter. Over 1000 lights are lit on the tree at a festival that includes a parade. If you are wondering where the tumbleweeds come from, it seems they are captured throughout the year in Chandler and saved for the big event. You can't go wrong in the desert with a tumbleweed Christmas tree. This is only one of Chandler's unique attractions that bring added personality to the city.
Another attraction well-known to the people of Chandler is Rawhide Western Town and Event Center. Rawhide is the largest western-themed attraction in Arizona. Like most of Chandler's big attractions, it is family-friendly. You can go here to see mock gunfights and get a feel for the western origins of the town. There is entertainment, good food, activities, and shopping. What more could you want?
Something else that brings personality to Chandler is the number of parks in the city. It seems that a big park in the city was one of the dreams of Dr. Chandler, but the park that came had to be divided in two to make way for a new highway. Now, there are about 60 parks in the city. No doubt, Dr. Chandler would be very pleased. Parks bring some greenery and beauty to the desert, and besides that, you have to have somewhere for people to walk in order to be considered one of the best cities for fitness walking.
Chandler is considered a very family-friendly city, and a tight-knit community. Yes, the city has its very own way of living and its own personality, marked by many quirks. Its green movement that resulted in so many parks is still flourishing, and with all of the family attractions to enjoy, many families are a little too busy to want to help the green movement along by getting lawns and professional landscaping services.
That is where we can help. Here at Lawn Love, we can give you a quote online in moments, without having to wait for someone to come to your house. Going green is a big part of Chandler, so don't let your lawn suffer from lack of care when it is as easy as going online or making a call. If you live in Chandler and want your landscaping professionally done, contact us today to schedule your service.