Gila Bend

Gila Bend

      town, Maricopa county, southwestern Arizona, U.S., 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Phoenix. The Gila River makes a sweeping 90° bend westward at this point, hence the name. The city is near a pre-Columbian Hohokam (Hohokam culture) village first visited in 1699 by Father Eusebio Kino (Kino, Eusebio). It had been a rancheria abandoned by Indians the Spanish called Opas, who had annually produced two crops of grain. The rancheria was re-established in 1774 by Juan Bautista de Anza and Father Francisco Garcés, who called it Santos Apóstoles San Simón y Judas. A colony of white men began a settlement in 1865 at the site of the old rancheria, and the settlement came to be known as Gila Bend. The town location later shifted because a railroad in 1880 laid track away from the river bank. The river itself changed course, passing to the north of the town. Today an agricultural town and service centre for travelers passing through on Interstate 8, Gila Bend relies on water stored at Gillespie Dam for irrigating its fields. Twenty-five miles northwest of Gila Bend is Painted Rocks State Historic Park where Native American peoples left petroglyphs that are thought to mark a division of tribal territories. Gila Bend (Papago Indian) Reservation is nearby. Inc. 1962. Pop. (1990) 1,747; (2000) 1,980.

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