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New chapter in Hayden Flour Mill's history begins

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

It's a Tempe landmark, but it's hardly looked like one for the past decade.

We're talking about the Hayden Flour Mill, right off of Mill Avenue at the base of "A" Mountain.

But the city is working to change that -- on Friday night, Tempe city leaders are inviting the general public to get an up-close look at a major part of the city's history.

They used to call it Arizona's state "Flour" -- the countless bushels processed in Tempe.  Those days are gone, but a new chapter in the life of the Hayden Flour Mill is now being written.

The most notable fixture at the Old Hayden's Ferry along the Salt River was for more than a century, the flour mill that, at its peak, pumped out 100,000 pounds of flour daily.

"This is the start of our modern history and we're very proud of it," said Kris Baxter-Ging.

Baxter-Ging with the City of Tempe showed us a rare look inside a structure that's had a rough go over the last 15 years, turning from a working mill to urban blight and a safety hazard.

That all changes as the city rolls out its new vision -- not just for this old building, but for the entire block.

"Just the other day, somebody was saying, 'I'm from Philadelphia, you guys don't have history' and I looked at them and said this is sacred ground," said Baxter-Ging.

You've probably driven past this site what feels like a million times, but I guarantee you've never seen an up-close look at the Hayden Flour Mill like this.  It's a way Tempe is breaking down walls, so to speak and letting you reach out and touch history.

The interior still needs a lot of work before the public will be invited in for every day tours, but the grounds surrounding the mill are ready for a wide variety of social gatherings -- all against the backdrop of a landmark that's now bee given new life in Tempe.

"To have the fences down and have it open as a special event venue is truly wonderful for the community," said Baxter-Ging.

This isn't a developed property, but rather a property under development that has come this far based on donations and they'd sure love to have those dollars flowing in to further the vision of this property.

Hayden Flour Mill Grand Opening
Oct. 5, 5pm - 10pm
Southeast corner of Mill Ave. & Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ
www.tempe.gov/haydenflourmill

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