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Throwback to 1966 with this vintage photo of the Broadway Curve in Tempe

The busy Valley highway was surrounded by nothing but fields and hills when construction on the road began.
Credit: Twitter screenshot

PHOENIX โ€” East Valley residents drive on it nearly everyday and never give it a second thought. 

Surrounded by office buildings and Tempe Diablo Stadium, the Broadway Curve on Interstate 10 helps connect drivers to downtown Phoenix and is a vital part of the Arizona highway system.

But what did the area look like in the early 1960s?

Well, thanks to the Twitter account for the Arizona Department of Transportation, we get to take a peek back in time. On Thursday, ADOT tweeted a vintage photo of the area I-10 curve near Broadway Road back in 1966.

The wide-reaching areas of farmland have since given way to bustling business parks, ball fields and resorts.

In the brown-tinted photo, you can see the iconic buttes that hug the sides of the road. Nowadays a resort calls the western butte its home.

According to ADOT, this section of I-10 opened to vehicles in 1968. 

These old photos are great pieces of history that showcase how much the Valley has grown over the past few decades.

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