In the 1950s, Arizona's population grew rapidly—too rapidly for the State’s infrastructure to keep up. Roads, medical facilities, and the educational system all suffered, incapable of handling the sudden population boom. Concerned citizens were vocal in identifying problems, and sometimes offered solutions, too. The State government threw itself into transforming Arizona, and by the end of the century, the results of their efforts showed.
Read About It
Use the document analysis sheet and the photograph analysis sheet to uncover clues about the people that created the documents.
- Letter from Eddie Ruth Hutton to Governor Pyle, March 2, 1953
- Governor's Education Committee Documents
- Letter from Eva Dailey to Governor Pyle, January 1953
- Spring convention schedule for Arizona State Vocational Association Convention, April 25, 1953
- Letter from William J. Swoboda to Governor Pyle, December 22, 1953
- Copy of a letter from Governor Pyle to Eric H. Marks, March 17, 1953
- Letter from Eric H. Marks to Governor Pyle, March 11, 1953
- Copy of a letter from Earl W. Tate to U.S. Representative C. H. Marion, February 6, 1954
- Letter from Earl W. Tate to Governor Pyle, February 6, 1954
- Opening Message to the Arizona Legislature from the Governor, 20th Legislature, Governor Pyle
- Opening Message to the Arizona Legislature from the Governor, 22th Legislature, Governor McFarland
- How much did Arizona grow from 1950 to 1960?
- What did Governor Pyle see as the challenges facing AZ as a result of its growth? What challenges did Governor McFarland see?
- Who created the documents linked above? What impact did Arizona’s growth have on them? Does this affect their writing?
- If you had lived in Arizona in the 1950s, how would you have helped Arizona meet the needs of its growing population, and why?
Visit the websites below to learn more. Based on this new information, have your answers to the questions above changed?
- America on the Move: On the Interstate
- US Census Statistical Abstracts, 1950 (see pp. 7, 28, 37, 41, 49-50)
- US Census Statistical Abstracts, 1960 (see pp. 8, 10, 16, 33, 14-20)
- America on the Move: Classroom Activity Guide