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In 1800 what you would now call Glendale, Arizona was nothing but a vast desert of emptiness. A gentleman originally from New York named William Murphy, who was living in Flagstaff at the time, was made head of a project to build a forty mile long canal. This project was for a company known as the Arizona Canal Company. The task was to build a canal from Granite Reef to New River. In 1885 this project was finished, and water could make its way to this land. At the beginning of the project Mr. Murphy had agreed to be paid in land and stocks, not cash, meaning now he had a heap of debt to deal with. After completing the task of the canal Mr. Murphy decided to form the Arizona Improvement Company. His intentions were to sell all the water and land rights on the southern portion of the canal. He raised funds to help with initial expenses, and gave the land the name Glendale. Settlers soon came and were drawn into the town, and it turned into an immigrant settler city that can still be found today. Today it is known to be home of wonderful business schools, as well as Phoenix’s first medical school, a large mall that attracts many tourists and locals alike. Glendale prides itself as the Antique capital of Arizona, a claim that was corroborated by a 1998 article that appeared in US Today and 2004 Sunset Magazine. Glendale is home to some very prestigious institutions such as the first Phoenix municipal medical school, Arrowhead Town Center mall, the Midwestern University, and one of the most famous postgraduate school of business studies.

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