Chandler, AZ has a rich history to go along with its beautiful scenery and amazing atmosphere. Some Chandler natives may know a few of these fun facts about Chandler, AZ but probably not all of them.
Named for a Canadian!
Strange and surprising fact number one? Chandler, AZ was named for a Canadian migrant. Doctor AJ Chandler was a veterinarian who moved to the Chandler area in the year 1891. Doctor Chandler had been born, raised, and educated in the Province of Quebec, in Canada. The town itself was founded in 1912.
Home of the Gangplank
An office building for those without an office, the Gangplank is a drop-in work station. Entrepreneurs go there to work, learn from each other, and benefit from the same social atmosphere those in traditional office buildings enjoy.
For more than 50 years, the south-western tradition of creating a huge tumbleweed tree has drawn the attention of Chandler residents and visitors alike. The event involves tying approximately 2000 tumbleweeds together and decorating the tree with more than 65 lbs of glitter, 1200 lights, and 25 lbs of colored paint.
Chandler’s drinking water comes from the city’s 22 wells. Chandler’s Erie well has produced approximately 8 and a half billion gallons of drinking water. The oldest well in Chandler, the Erie has been operating since the late 1940s.
Several celebrities are from Chandler, AZ, many of them star athletes. These include:
- Rapper Ice-T
- WWE Superstar Shawn Michaels
- Former NFL players Brian Urlacher and Donovan Mcnabb
- Phoenix Suns’ Channing Frye
In addition to the first Arizona luxury resort, Chandler is home to a few other historical landmarks of interest, including:
- First National Bank, which was founded in 1920
- Espinoza’s Food Center, open since 1957
- Former Air Force jet, the F-86 Sabre, one of the USAF’s first ever fighter jets
- The McCullough-Price House, now a museum and the town Visitor’s Center
Taking alliteration to an entirely new level, Crazy Carl opened a Crematorium. And yes, the city’s crematorium is actually named Crazy Carl’s Crematorium. Go figure.
The Ostrich Festival
This odd-but-fun rodeo-type festival features carnival rides, unbelievably amazing food, and adventurous athletes, hilariously racing on the backs of ostriches. The Ostrich Festival is an annual event that happens each March, and has been a strong local tradition for 26 years.
Birthplace of the… Heart Attack Grill?
The hospital themed restaurant is staffed by waitresses wearing provocative nurse uniforms, and they take orders with a prescription pad. Now housed in Las Vegas, NV, the Heart Attack Grill offers a painfully delicious sounding menu that may make you wish those nurses had their RN training.