Tempe Butte gets on register of historic places

Mesa, Arizona (AP) May 2011

A desert hill in Tempe that towers over Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The East Valley Tribune reports that Tempe Butte joins more than 40 other Tempe buildings and places on the national register.

The butte is where the Hohokam Indians lived thousands of years ago.

It is Tempe’s highest geographic point and a popular destination for hikers today.

The appearance of the butte will change later this year when Tempe plans to remove its communication towers and relocating them.

Tempe also plans to build a 200-square-foot observation deck at the butte’s top and repair steps leading to the summit. Those projects aren’t yet funded.