Then & Now: Hayden Flour Mill

Position mouse cursor over image to see circa 1940 historic photo. Move mouse cursor off image to see my 2009 photo.


Tempe, Arizona

Named for Tempe pioneer Charles T. Hayden, Hayden Flour Mill was constructed in 1918 and remained in operation until 1998. Although it has been surrounded by development along Mill Avenue and Tempe Town Lake, the building still stands as a Tempe landmark. Unfortunately, I was not able to photograph the building from the same angle as the historic photo, because of the large tree now growing in front of the building! Below is a photo of the mill from another angle, showing the towering grain silos which were added to the site around 1950. A renovation plan has been recently announced that will surround the mill building with a glass and steel shell and fill it with offices, restaurants and shops.


The Hayden Flour Mill is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. At the time of my visit (February 2009), the building is fenced and signed against trespassers, but can be easily viewed from outside the fence.

Revised: February 1, 2009
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