Being a fourth-generation Chandlerite, I have some advantages when it comes to helping my clients find their next home in the South Chandler area. My family has deep roots here. My father’s side of the family was farmers and my mother’s side was cattle ranchers. A fun fact: What is known as the Ocotillo area today was known as Goodyear in the early 1900s. My two times great-grandfather, Robert A. Hamilton, had three boys who farmed what was known as Camps 1 and 4 along Arizona Avenue. The corner of Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo Road was known as Hamilton’s Corner; in fact, you can find this on Google Earth listed under the same name!
Back in the early 1900s, many of the local cowboys rode their horses to Hamilton’s Corner Store and Bar, tied their horses to the hitching posts and shared stories about their accomplishments at the local rodeos. Growing up, we heard stories about Hamilton’s Corner Store and Bar and how the cowboys would leave the local rodeo looking for a fun place to dance the night away.
Back then there was a West Side Sheriff and an East Side Sheriff. My great-grandfather John A. Hamilton, a World War II combat veteran, was one of the first deputy sheriffs on this side of town. This was back in the 1940s and he would actually use his own bloodhound to help track down juvenile delinquents (kids staying out past midnight)!
My grandparents were passionate about horse racing and rodeos so when you drive past Chandler Municipal Airport, you are actually driving past the old racetrack.
As Chandler started to grow and Chandler High could no longer hold future students, Hamilton High was built and named after our family, as the high school is located on part of our farmland. What history marked as Hamilton’s Corner and Farming Camps 1 and 4 is now the desirable 85248 zip code that brings new families to the area. What was once the corner store is now home to MOD Pizza, and the old barn now brings families together for Taco Tuesdays at Rubio’s.
Another fun fact takes us north from Hamilton’s Corner to Downtown Chandler. It has been said that the very first two-story house in Chandler, where The Perch Brewery now sits, was also owned by our family.
Jill Hamilton is a Realtor with RE/ MAX Infinity. If you’re looking for a history lesson of the area, contact her at HamiltonsCorner.com.