Why is Mesa called the Valley’s ‘Gateway’ city?

Phoenix Mesa Gateway Terminal

By Jay Mark | Special for The Republic

Just as history often repeats itself, descriptions tend to recur over time.

For example, thanks to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Mesa is thought of and branded as the eastern entry to the Valley. But that’s far from the first time the descriptive “gateway” was used.

Opened in 1941 far out in the desert, Williams Air Force Base housed and trained airmen until the feds closed it 52 years later, in 1993.


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