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Salt River Project has helped shape the West since its founding in 1903 and our history is one of service to the residents of Arizona. Follow along as we share historical nuggets about the communities that we have served for more than 100 years.

1927: Smoke on the water

April 6, 1927, held the promise of an epic day. A famous Italian aviator was to make the first known landing of a seaplane in Arizona, with a refueling stop at Theodore Roosevelt Lake, as the craft made its way to the West Coast. The stopover was part of a promotional tour by the Italian government of Benito Mussolini, a fascist dictator who wanted to showcase his country’s military prowess.

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