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A look back at Surprise's history on this week

Posted 10/23/20

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records.

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A look back at Surprise's history on this week

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Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records:

1940

Larry Dysart is master of ceremonies at the Dysart School Halloween Festival. Carnival games and a refreshment stand are part of the event.

1990

Former Surprise Mayor George Cumbie, who led the town for 21 of its earliest years, died at age 69. He died while running in a special election for a city council seat and while trying to recall Mayor Roy Villanueva. Surprise Town Hall closed for a day in Mr. Cumbie’s honor.

1996

Rio Salado Community College opens a classroom building in Surprise. The 5,000-square-foot education center is on Smokey Drive next to the Windmill Inn.

1998

An F-16 from Luke Air Force base crashes right outside the Surprise city limits, about 10 miles north of the base. The pilot, Lt. Col. Mike L. Bartley, ejects before the plane goes down near Surprise homes.

2005

Surprise hosts regional transportation forum to discuss the widening and extension of Loop 303, a new Park and Ride facility, a possible local bus line, a regional connector to Wickenburg and Dial-a-Ride service.

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