Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The decoration on this bridge over one of our many canals is designed to introduce the driver to Sunnyslope, a village within Phoenix on the north side of town. I recently heard a story on our local NPR radio station about how Sunnyslope used to be a community of people who came to Arizona for their health. A little more than a century ago, people were coming to Arizona for the hot dry climate, thought to be good for people with tuberculosis. Many of the people who came here were poor and couldn't afford medical care at home so they came here to see if the climate would help. Because of a need to help these people, the Desert Mission was founded and later the John C. Lincoln Hospital. The city of Phoenix annexed the area in 1959 but many people who have lived there since the beginning still refer to it as Sunnyslope.