Would you believe there were enough wild pumpkins growing in the Arizona valley that a town was named Pumpkinville?
Just 4 miles from Pumpkinville, a new town was being created, and the people were determined to give the land a new name. Suggestions included Stonewall for Stonewall Jackson and Salina for the Salt River. Instead, it was given the name Phoenix, as the town was rising from the ruins of the Hohokam ancestral land.
Phoenix eventually spread to take up Pumpkinville, roughly where 28th and Van Buren streets are now located.