ABOUT FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ
Where is Fountain Hills
Fountain Hills is in Maricopa County Arizona and is northwest of Phoenix just off State Route 87 (Beeline Highway) and Shea Boulevard. The land where the town of Fountain Hills is today, was for most of the twentieth century a working cattle ranch, the P-Bar Ranch, owned by the Page Land & Cattle Company.
History of Fountain Hills
In 1968 the Page Land & Cattle Company sold 4500 acres to a subsidiary of McCulloch Oil Corporation that was developing Lake Havasu City at the time, and was interested in starting a planned community in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The man who developed California’s Disneyland, C.V. Woods teamed up with Robert McCulloch Sr. to build the new community. The two men originally planned to name the community Chaparral City. They believed that Chaparral City needed a unique identity, and a Phoenix reporter suggested that they build the world’s biggest fountain. The Swiss firm that had designed New York’s Delacorte Fountain was commissioned to design a fountain that could send a jet of water 10 feet higher than the Empire State Building. McCulloch invested $1.5 million into the project and on December 15th 1970, the “World’s Tallest Fountain” was turned on for the first time - shooting water 560 feet into the air.
Construction started on Fountain Hills’s first home in the fall of 1971, and the first residents moved in February the following year. Many of Fountain Hill’s new residents took part in McCulloch’s “fly to see” sales program, where prospective buyers from around the United States were flown into Arizona using McCulloch’s fleet of airplanes.
Fountain Hills Today
Between 1985 and 1990 the town’s population doubled from 5,000 to 10,000. Than a decade later it had doubled again. In 1993 the community was listed in the book of 50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family. A 1999 poll taken by a local television station showed Fountain Hills was considered one of the most desirable places to live in the Phoenix metro area. A big part of the attraction to Fountain Hills is the high Sonoran Desert and the mountain views that surround the community.