In 1877, the first pioneers settled the Mesa Area. Sent from Utah by Brigham Young, the "Utah Company" was originally sent to establish "stations on the road" supporting the Church's expansion into Mexico. They built their first homes and businesses in what is known as Lehi, now in Northern Mesa.
The second group of Mormon settlers to arrive in the area was known as the Mesa Company. Arriving in 1878, this group distinguished themselves by settling on the mesa top.
Agriculture was the foundation of the Mesa economy until after World War II.
Many factors impacted Mesa's growth after World War II, including countless major league baseball players coming to Mesa to play ball and to take in the rejuvenating waters at the Buckhorn Baths. Mesa now boasts two teams and two stadiums. In addition, Mesa has attracted industry giants like Boeing, General Motors, and Tally Industries while developing the old Williams Air Force Base into a full-scale regional and commercial airport. Mesa is also home to the largest community college in the nation, Mesa Community College.
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Updated: 22nd February, 2019 6:59 AM.