When Scottsdale says Old Town, they mean it.
Shops and restaurants in that small corner of downtown Scottsdale have roots that go back to the 19th century.
According to the Scottsdale Visitor’s Bureau, Old Town is defined by Scottsdale Road on the west, Scottsdale Civic Center Park on the east, Indian School Road to the north and Second Street to the south.
A small area of town to hold so much history.
Here are 10 things of trivia you can impress your friends with next time you head out for a drink at the Pink Pony.
1. You could buy a Samsung 55-inch LED 3D HDTV for what Scottsdale originally cost. Winfield Scott purchased the land that is now Scottsdale in 1888 for $3.50 an acre, or $2240.
2. The Little Red Schoolhouse (now home to the Scottsdale Historical Museum) was built in 1909 for $4500. It’s had six different uses, including as a school, police headquarters and visitors’ center.
3. The white glazed bricks on the Mexican Imports Shop are original. Since the building was originally opened as a pool hall in 1923, the bricks have never been replaced.
4. The Rusty Spur Saloon building originally was a bank. The vault which once held money now stores liquor.
5. There was no movie theater in Scottsdale until 1948, when the T-Bar-T Theater opened on Main Street.
6. “Family Circus” cartoonist (and Valley resident) Bil Keane was a big fan of ice cream parlor the Sugar Bowl: It’s appeared in several of his strips.
7. You couldn’t tell by all the clubs and bars around now, but Scottsdale was founded as a “dry” town. That didn’t change until after the repeal of Prohibition.
8. The olive trees on Second Street were planted in 1896 by town founder Winfield Scott. The restaurant Los Olivos Mexican Patio is named after the historic trees.
9. Part of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art used to be a dollar movie theater in the ’70s and ’80s.
10. The first business in Old Town was J.L Davis’ General Store, which opened in 1897. In 1904, Sarah Thomas purchased the store, making it the first female-owned business in town.