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A look back at this week in Surprise history

Posted 8/10/22

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week.

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A look back at this week in Surprise history


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


The Surprise Town Council adopts a fiscal year 1969 budget of $87,813. Residents still aren’t assessed taxes.


Jerry Gaines is appointed to the town council.


The Surprise Town Council approved zoning changes to allow for the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Happy Trails Resort at Bell Road and Cotton Lane and the Sun Village and Sun Village West condominiums. Each development could house 4,000 people, which would triple Surprise’s current population of 3,723.


Work starts on $47 million Bell Road improvement project from Surprise nearly 25 miles to Scottsdale Road. Surprise’s portion will start in April 1991.


Surprise annexes about 600 areas near Peoria Avenue and Dysart Road near land it strip-annexed in 1978.


The city of Surprise gets its first presence on the Internet with the launch of It costs the city $1,000 to set up. It receives 86 emails at over the first two weeks.


Ten Willow Canyon High School students and a bus driver are injured when a school bus runs off the road and flips onto its side into an irrigation ditch. The incident makes national news.


John Williams resigns from the Surprise City Council. Patrick Duffy is appointed to replace him a month later.

Surprise Almanac, history