Brief History of Marana, Arizona

Marana was incorporated in 1977 with 10 square miles and around 1,500 townspeople. Archaeologists believe there has been continuous habitation of the area for over 4200 years, and prehistoric inhabitants were the Hohokam who began to create elaborate canal systems to use river water to irrigate crops like corn and cotton. Farming and agriculture have been a very important part of the area ever since, and most of the farmland has been devoted over the years to cotton. Mineral mining brought prospectors throughout the area’s history, though most of what was found was copper. When the railroads arrived in 1880 the area got a name, Marana, meaning dense brush, a tangle, or a thicket, and referenced the thick growth of mesquite trees along the Santa Cruz River.

Today Marana is a thriving Town not far from Tucson surrounded on three sides with open, protected space. Through aggressive annexation in the late nineties, it now has 118 square miles of area and continues to mix its rich history in mining and agriculture with a rapidly growing suburban population.

Reference: Marana History Pamphlet