When Sands Chevrolet put Goodyear tires on my car last year, I was pleased. No, I'm no expert on tires, but I do have a fascination with Phoenix history, and Goodyear has been very important. And it all started with cotton for tires.
Goodyear developed what was to be called Pima cotton, which turned out to be great for tires. And not only was the demand for tires for cars going up, it went WAY up during World War I, from 1914 to 1918. And so Goodyear was growing cotton all over the valley, including places like Marinette, which is where Sun City is today.
Image above: the Goodyear sign on I-17 and Grand Avenue in 1968. The sign doesn't say Goodyear anymore, but the shape is the same.
|The Goodyear blimp in the 1940s|
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