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Charles Trumbull Hayden Chapter (Tempe)
Tempe History
Charles Trumbull Hayden,
Tempe Historical Museum
Tempe, Arizona, began as two separate communities on the southern bank of the Salt River, separated by Double Butte. San Pablo, the Hispanic community, formed on the east side of the butte, while Hayden's Ferry formed on the west side. Both communities formed nearly simultaneously in the early 1870s, but had merged as Tempe by 1879. "Lord" Darrell Duppa, an Englishman who also named Phoenix, Arizona, after the mythical firebird, likened Tempe's Double Butte and lush river valley to the famed Vale of Tempe in Greece, located at the foot of Mount Olympus.

Credited as the founder of Tempe, Charles Trumbull Hayden knew the water of the Salt River was key to the future of this desert town. Hayden was born 4 Apr 1825 in Hartford County, Connecticut, and came to Arizona in 1858. He founded a Tucson freighting business that supplied army posts, mining camps and towns in the area. He was appointed as a federal judge for the Tucson district. One day in the 1860s, during a trip from Tucson to northern Arizona, Hayden stopped in the Tempe area when he could not cross the Salt River because of high water. While here, he climbed what is now known as "A" Mountain and surveyed the valley below, noting the potential for development. He eventually moved to Tempe, homesteaded at the foot of Double Butte in 1872 and started the Hayden Milling and Farm Ditch Company.

Hayden's business firmly established commerce and industry in the area. He built a flour mill, general store, Hayden's Ferry- a cable operated ferry on the Salt River- and an adobe house that now houses Monti's La Casa Vieja. He was a founder of what was then called Hayden's Ferry.

Hayden was a strong promoter of education. He was influential in encouraging the Territorial Legislature to choose Tempe as the site for the Territorial Normal School in 1885, now known as Arizona State University. He served as a member of many organizations, including the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (1880-1882), and as president of the Territorial Normal School Board of Education (1885-1888).

Hayden married Sallie Calvert Davis in California in 1876. They had three daughters and one son, Carl T. Hayden, who served as Arizona's first and longtime Congressman and Senator. Charles Trumbull Hayden died in 1900 in Tempe and is buried in Tempe Buttes Cemetery.

Tempe, Arizona was incorporated in 1894 and the population in 2000 was 158,625.
Hayden House, now Monti's
Charles Trumbull Hayden
Charles Trumbull Hayden headstone
Charles Trumbull Hayden Chapter & Local History
Charles Trumbull Hayden Chapter has always looked to recognize and highlight Tempe history.

On 20 February 1964, Mrs. Richard Enz, State Historian and member of this chapter, was the Master of Ceremonies at the dedication of an historic marker placed in front of the Monti's La Casa Vieja Restaurant in Tempe, commemorating it as the home of Charles Trumbull Hayden. This bronze marker was placed on a boulder at the corner of Mill Avenue and 1st Street.

In 1976 an olive tree was dedicated in honor of the Bicentennial Celebration at the Tempe Community Center and new Tempe Library. A plaque presented by the City of Tempe was mounted on a boulder which read "Bicentennial Tree, planted by the Charles Trumbull Hayden Chapter DAR January 1976."

On 11 October 1990, the chapter placed a gravesite marker during a ceremony for our Organizing Regent Mrs. Myrtle Carter Peck.

In 1996 chapter members participated in the 125th Anniversary of Tempe. During the kick-off celebration a bronze sculpture of Charles Trumbull Hayden was presented by the City of Tempe. It now stands in front of the new City Court and Police building on East 5th Street.
Bronze statue of Charles Trumbull Hayden, dedicated in 1996.
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