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Queen Creek, Arizona
Centuries ago, the Hohokam Indians 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 staked claims at the turn of the century. In the 1920's there was an influx of Mexican workers who came to pick the local cotton crop after failing to find work in southern Arizona mines. When a German P.O.W. camp in Queen Creek closed after World War II, many of them chose to stay and joined in with other farm laborers. Today, Queen Creek is still a community of mostly farmers and ranchers, with a sprinkling of families on irrigated lots and ranchettes. There is not even a traffic signal anywhere in town. Unfortunately, the community is on the verge of massive development, and will probably change character completely within the next 5 years.
The town was incorporated in 1989. In 1996 there were 3145 registered voters. Once a year, a four day event known as "Country Thunder" brings more than 100,000 people to the town to enjoy camping and country music concerts from major artists.
Overall, there is not much to do there. In fact, there is no reason to make the trip out there, unless you have other business. Really, the only reason I have even bothered to write about Queen Creek in a web site such as this is by the simple virtue of living there, so I know the place pretty well. However, if you do find yourself out in Queen Creek, I guarantee that you will love it.
Places to Eat:
Jim's Restaurant -- Mexican and American Food. The Mexican food is authentic and good, and the prices are really great. The atmosphere is very small town, and although the surroundings are not as fancy as the other competitor in town, this restaurant is our first choice here in town. Budget.
Rudy's Restaurant -- Mexican Food. The food here is great, and the portions are large, but it suffers from being the more popular of Queen Creeks two restaurants. The service is a little hurried, and sometimes the food is slow in coming. Otherwise, the place is a tiny bit fancier than Jim's. Budget.
Things to Do:
Desert Wells Stage Stop -- If you have about 45 seconds to spare, you can go completely through the ruins left of an old stagecoach stop to the East of Sossaman Road, just north of Chandler Heights Boulevard. The ruins are visible from Sossaman. Free.
Schnepf Farms -- Follow Rittenhouse South-east a few miles past Ellsworth to Schnepf Farms. The grounds there are used for things like the annual Peach Festival, the Potato Festival, and Country Thunder. For information on what may be coming to Schnepf Farms, call (480) 987-9887 or watch this web site. (vegetarian dinners also available). Admission $5.00, includes unlimited rides.
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Last revised: October 30, 1998