Paul Litchfield in 1930 | Photo via Litchfield Park Historical Society
By Maritza Dominguez | AZ Republic
Today, the West Valley is home to 1.7 million people, according to data collected by the Western Maricopa Coalition.
And it’s still growing. The coalition anticipates that over the next 25 years, 49.5% of the growth in Maricopa County will happen in the West Valley.
That’s vastly different from what it was like in the beginning of the 20th century. Before Arizona had towns like Avondale, Goodyear and Litchfield Park, the West Valley was barren.