An Act to Create the City of Phoenix

Sometimes we forget just how many treasures we have here at the State Archives! As fate would have it, just two days after the City of Phoenix elections, we stumbled across this – An Act to Incorporate the City of Phoenix, signed in 1881! Things have changed a bit since 1881. The City of Phoenix now has eight city council members, rather than four. Elections no longer happen in May.

This Act is tucked away in our Secretary of the Territory collection (precursor to Secretary of State, of course), which is a bit of a catch-all for all sorts of interesting things. If you’d like to see records like these in person, you’re always welcome to visit us at 1901 W. Madison. And for more information about the fabulous Secretary of the Territory collection, check our our FINDING AID ON ARIZONA ARCHIVES ONLINE!