Queeen Creek moving from farms to Master Planned Communities
The area that is today Queen Creek used to be known as “Rittenhouse” because of the railroad spur located near Rittenhouse and Ellsworth Roads. People used to “flag” down the trains to get a ride to Phoenix. As the use of the railroad stop diminished, the area changed its name to Queen Creek after the creek that runs down from past the Silver Queen Mine in Superior through the Queen Creek Canyon, into the town of Queen Creek.
The area was primarily agricultural (citrus, cotton, pecans, etc.) through the late 1990’s, however the population boom that has the Phoenix area doubling in population every 25 years has reached Queen Creek, and new home developments and Master Planned Communities are being built. The population is expected to increase to over 76,000 by 2020, pending the effects of the 2008-2011 recession.
The area just south of Queen Creek changed its name to San Tan Village in June 2009.
Horseshoe Park – Equestrian Center
The $14 million park opened January 2009 on the northwestern corner of Riggs and Ellsworth roads. It includes a free community arena, a 100 stall barn, and four event arenas with removable panels and chutes housed on 38 acres over the old Queen Creek landfill.
By the Numbers
28 – Square miles
27,963 – 2012 population
940 – people/sq mile
37 – percent under 18
30.9 – median age