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A look back at this week in Surprise history

Posted 8/31/22

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week.

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A look back at this week in Surprise history

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Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records:

1962

Dysart High School classes begin on the campus of the Dysart elementary school. It won’t have its own building for another year.

1967

The Surprise Town Council asks the Superior Court to dismiss a lawsuit the town is facing after it voted to increase its membership from five to seven.

1975

Low pressure caused water shortages in Surprise and El Mirage. El Mirage, which served Surprise’s water, was awaiting new parts to fix its well.

1987

A committee to recall Mayor George Cumbie gathers 200 signatures.

1996

Surprise sells the Northwest Regional Landfill to Sanifill, Inc., for $1 million.

1999

The 10,000-square-foot Riverboat Bingo Hall opens its doors at 183rd Avenue and Bell Road.

2001

Surprise’s third fire station, Fire Station 4, opens at 163rd and Grand avenues to serve Sun City Gran’s north side, Saguaro Acres and Saguaro View. Station 3 is expected to open near Cotton Lane and Greenway Road in spring 2002.
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The first U.S. Post Office in Surprise opens at Parkview Place and Bell Road.

2007

RBI Retail Brokers of Scottsdale buys Truman Ranch land at Cotton Lane and Waddell Road for around $12 million. Plans are for a shopping center. James Truman who grew up on the farm in the 1950s, still lives on the site at this time.

2009

Sharon Wolcott wins another term as mayor with a win over two candidates in the city’s primary election. Mike Woodward and Skip Hall also win in their respective districts.

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