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What Arizona’s Major Cities Looked Like In The 1940s May Shock You

Arizona’s population growth exploded in the 1950s and led to some major changes in how its cities looked. If you’ve ever wondered what Phoenix, Tucson, and some of our other larger cities looked like before the population boom, you’ll definitely want to check out these photos:

So, what did you think? Do you think Arizona’s growth has been good since these photos were taken more than 70 years ago?

Monica Spencer
Monica is a Diné freelance writer and the Arizona staff writer for Only In Your State. She currently lives in Phoenix with her boyfriend and their herd of cats. You can reach her at