Mesa Sights and Landmarks Guide, Arizona
Arizona in USA has some beautiful cities and towns that you can visit. Mesa is one such bustling city famed for its museums and historic sites.
Mesa Grande Ruins
If you want to take a peek at the relics of Red Indian civilization, you can visit this flat mound - a habitat of the Hohokam Indians and it dates back to 1000 A.D. approximately. Currently, it lies at a distance of 3 km or 2 miles from the Mesa Southwest Museum in the city centre.
It is a standing testimony of late Victorian architecture and was erected in the early years of the 20th century. This is the only historic house along the length and breadth of Mesa that has been fully restored.Victorian furniture and items have been used liberally to decorate the historic house. It recreates a tiny little Victorian house amidst the din and bustle of modern era.
Arizona Temple Visitors Center
The Morman temple lies to the south of it. The temple is surrounded on all sides by 20 acres of lush green landscaped gardens. The interior of the temple houses gardens, statues, paintings etc. You can of course take a guided tour round the temple.
Easter and Christmas times witness the decking up of this place with bedazzling illumination, light shows and holy scriptural reenactment. The Mormon temple does not allow visitors and does not open to the public.
Organ Stop Pizza
This one happens to be the most famous and special attraction of Mesa and most tourists make a beeline for Mesa to catch a glimpse of it.
It houses one of the world’s largest theater organs which is called the Mighty Wurlitzer. It is equipped with more than 5000 pipes and is also a slice of history in itself. The silent film era witnessed the creation of this mammoth organ as a cost cutting measure.
It was created to economize on a pricey orchestra and build something that could perform the job of many musical instruments in spite of being a single unit. In short, it is an all-in -one orchestra, rolled into a single massive piece.
Park of the Canals Mesa
It is another of the main attractions of Mesa, being associated with aboriginal history. It dates back to 700 B.C. and consists of an ancient Hohokam Indian canal system. It is flanked by a sprawling botanical garden open to visitors.
Other must visits include the ARIZONA YOUTH MUSEUM, BUCKHORN WILDLIFE MUSEUM, MESA SOUTHWEST MUSEUM, COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE ARIZONA WING, MESA HISTORICAL MUSEUM, XICANINDIO ARTES, EAST SIDE ART GALLERY, IMBEAU GALLERY, and EAST VALLEY CHILDREN’S THEATRE etc.
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