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Sonoran Valley, also referred to as Mobile, is a community in the southern planning area of
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, and has a population of less than 100. Sonoran Valley is also home to a number of
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operates a private airport to the north of Sonoran Valley, used for pilot training by student pilots of Lufthansa Flight Training,
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being based in
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. Its ICAO airport code is 1AZ0, and features ILS on runway 9.


History

Mobile was founded in the 1930s as an area for
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to live. Notable African-American woman of Mobile, Rebecca Dallis, taught in Casa Grande 1939. Local lore has it that some of its early residents were African-Americans from
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. However, researchers have found that
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companies referred to the area as "Mobile" almost a decade before the first permanent settler in the area in the 1920s. In the 1930s, two railroad cars were used for two separate schoolhouses (one black and one for whites), and the population of local
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reached about 100. By the 1950s the town was booming with almost 400 inhabitants, but the lack of employment,
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and educational facilities (no education past 8th grade) led to the exodus of most of the original residents and their descendants. In 2007, Sonoran Valley was annexed into the city of Goodyear as part of a expansion, part of an agreement with Montage Holdings, a local developer, to develop a
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in the area. The planned community, named Amaranth, envisioned as a self-sustaining community with a regional mall, employment centers and eventually home to over 50,000 people, has been placed on hold until at least 2010 due to economic slowdown. The delay, as well as the developer's inability to meet financial obligations to the city, has forced Goodyear to cut back on emergency services to the area.


Geography

Sonoran Valley is located at
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33° 3' 19" N 112° 16' 16" W (33.055301, -112.271102). The private airstrip is located at 33° 6'43.27"N 112°16'8.66"W (33.111720, -112.269517).


Transportation

Sonoran Valley is accessible by car from State Route 238.


References

{{Maricopa County, Arizona Former census-designated places in Arizona