The Arizona Craft Center is destroyed by fire. With the help of Mrs. Fowler McCormick of farm implement fame, Lloyd Kiva New and Wes Segner begin building on two acres west of Scottsdale Road on Craftman's Court. The US Census population of Scottsdale is 2,032 and of Phoenix is 106,818.
The town of Scottsdale is incorporated. The town council appointed on July 2 includes Malcolm White, Jack Sweeney, Bill Miller, E.G. Scott (no relation to the Chaplain) and Mort Kimsey. Malcolm White is appointed as mayor by the town council. Hurley Pruitt is the first town marshal. The town signs its first contract with Rural Metro Fire Department for $4,260 per year.
Population for the incorporated town: 1,200 (est.) / Land Area: 1 square mile.
The Scottsdale Jaycees take over the Sunshine Festival and rename it Parada del Sol. The old bank is bought and is turned into the Rusty Spur Saloon. The bank vault is used to store the liquor.
The first Scottsdale Stadium is built on the corner of Civic Center Boulevard and Osborn Road. The Baltimore Orioles is the first Major League baseball team to play there.
The Hotel Valley Ho is opened in December by Robert Lawrence Foehl and his wife Evelyn. The Safari Hotel opened on Scottsdale Road.
Motorola opens on McDowell Road.
Paul Messinger opens Messinger's Mortuary, Scottsdale's first, on the corner of Miller Road and Indian School Road. A shopping center opens on the northwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Camelback Road with a Bayless Grocery, Revco drugstore, and a liquor store. Goldwaters’ Department Store follows in 1961, and later Joe Hunt’s Steak House opens. This area is now Fashion Square.
Population: 10,026 (although the population of the area that would be annexed in the next 4 years was actually about 29,600 in 1960) (Phoenix has 434,277) / Land Area: 3.8 square miles.
The Town of Scottsdale passes a city charter and becomes the City of Scottsdale. An ordinance is passed by the city council prohibiting the erection of new billboards. This is the forerunner to a 1965 ordinance that regulates the size and placement of signs. The Scottsdale Baptist Hospital is built on the corner of Osborn Road and Civic Center Boulevard. It later becomes the Scottsdale Memorial Hospital and then the Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Campus.
Sewer service is introduced to southern parts of the city.
Bennie Gonzales is hired to design the City Hall, Civic Center, Library, and later the Scottsdale Arts Center, all to be connected by a walking mall and gardens. A Special Census lists the population of Scottsdale as 54,504.
Eldorado Park, Scottsdale's first major park, is built. This is the prototype for what would become the Indian Bend Wash greenbelt. McCormick Ranch is annexed. Scottsdale Airpark opens on the site of World War II's Thunderbird Field on north Scottsdale Road. Indian Bend Wash floods. With no bridges, traffic is kept from crossing the Wash. Schools are closed.
The new City Hall and Civic Center Library are opened. Scottsdale becomes one of the first cities in Arizona to adopt a General Plan.
Three-hundred citizens join together to form the Scottsdale Town Enrichment Program (STEP Forum) and develop a wide range of visions and programs for the city. Ideas such as the greenbelt, trails and bikeways, the Civic Center, a General Plan, and the Resort Corridor are among the many important contributions of this collaboration.
The Scottsdale Historical Society is formed. The city wants to tear down the red brick schoolhouse for the expansion of the mall area. The building becomes known as the "Little Red Schoolhouse". Money is raised to preserve the building by selling slates with the "Little Red Schoolhouse" logo on them. The Chamber of Commerce offers to help raise money to save and preserve the "Little Red Schoolhouse". Los Arcos Mall opens on McDowell Road at Scottsdale Road with Sears and Broadway department stores and a two theatre complex. It closes in 1998.
The Scottsdale Community College is opened on the Salt River Indian Community to the east of Scottsdale.
Rawhide Western Town attraction opened on the southeast corner of Pinnacle Peak Road and Scottsdale Road. It grew to be one of the top five attractions in Arizona. It is currently located on the Gila River Reservation near Chandler.
In the Labor Day flood the Indian Bend Wash flows almost 1,000 feet wide and the Arizona Canal breaks and floods Scottsdale neighborhoods. Population: 67,841 (Phoenix has 580,275) / Land Area: 62.2 square miles.
The City Council decides to provide public water service. At this time the water service north of Chaparral Road was provided by private water companies while to the south was mostly provided by the City of Phoenix. Development is started on the McCormick Ranch and Fountain Hills.
The Chamber of Commerce signs a 25 year lease with the city for the "Little Red Schoolhouse" for $1.00 a year.
The Indian Bend Wash Green Belt project begins. It is completed in 1984 and was built with Federal, State, County, and private funds. City social services are set up at Vista del Camino. The Scottsdale Senior Center is built at the corner of Second Street and Wells Fargo. The center is later relocated near the corner of McDowell Road and Granite Reef, and the original building is sold in 2011 to Scottsdale Healthcare.
The Scottsdale Symphony is formed with Irving Fleming as director.
The “East Shea” area, located near Fountain Hills, is annexed. In a Special Census, the population of Scottsdale is 78,000 / Land Area: 88.6 square miles.
Molly the Trolly system comes to Scottsdale. Visitors and residents are transported to the shopping areas and hotels around the town. Population: 88,412 (Phoenix has 789,704) / Land Area: 88.6 square miles.
The city begins four years of annexation that nearly doubles its size. Development at Gainey Ranch and Scottsdale Ranch is approved.
The Desert Highlands and Pinnacle Peak Village East (now Troon Village) residential projects begin.
United Cable Television comes to Scottsdale. Loloma School is bought for their headquarters. The Scottsdale Historical Society is given space for an office and displays. The Scottsdale Princess and Gainey Ranch Hyatt resorts are opened.
Development of Horseman’s Park at Westworld for horse shows begins.
Scottsdale completes the water treatment plant and begins using Colorado River water from the Central Arizona Project.
The Scottsdale Historical Society opens a small historical museum in the Scottsdale Financial Center on the site of Chaplain Scott's farm.
Population: 130,069 (Phoenix is 983,403) / Land Area: 185.2 square miles.
The Chamber of Commerce moves to larger quarters on the Scottsdale Mall. The Scottsdale Historical Society opens the Scottsdale Historical Museum in the "Little Red Schoolhouse.
Major expansion of Scottsdale Fashion Square is started and incorporates the Camelview Plaza and Camelback Square centers.
Citizens vote to create the McDowell Sonoran Desert Preserve with the intent to set aside nearly one-third of the city land area as untouched natural desert.
The Special Census population for Scottsdale is 167,277.
Population: 202,705 (Phoenix is 1,277,621) / Land Area: 185.2 square miles.
The Loop 101 Pima Freeway is completed through Scottsdale.
The Special Census population for Scottsdale is 226,395 (Phoenix is 1,510,777).
The Gateway Trailhead at Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is opened at Thompson Peak Parkway in North Scottsdale.
Population: 217,385, Land Area: 185.2 square miles.