After 133 years - Incorporation is Right for Vail!
Vail began as a Southern Pacific Railroad siding in 1880. A rural ranching community for most of its 133 years the unincorporated community has grown over 350% since 2001. It is old and new at the same time.
Vail has been at the crossroads of history since the Tohono O’odham’s seasonal migrations created well-worn pathways through the area that became wagon roads, and later the route of the Southern Pacific Railroad’s southern coast to coast main line.
Greater Vail area ranches and farms were some of the most significant in Territorial Arizona. Early Vail community members served in the Territorial Legislature, on the Pima County Board of Supervisors, as members of the Territorial Democratic delegation, as post masters, as Justice of the Peace, on school Boards and on the Arizona State Sanitary Board. They were some of the movers and shakers of Arizona Territory and helped move Arizona towards statehood. That tradition of public service is still strong in Vail.
Defined by an independent spirit the citizens of Vail value self-determination, care deeply about our children and schools, enjoy beautiful night skies, outdoor recreation, and nature. We are part of the Cienega Creek watershed. Its waters wind through to create a lush green ribbon of nature’s diversity right in our back yard. The citizens of the greater Vail area understand local issues and the necessity to establish a local municipal government that will be responsive to local priorities.
The Vail Preservation Society Executive Board voted to endorse incorporation at their August board meeting. After 133 years – Incorporation is Right for Vail!