A lot of forces came together in the 1950s to create a population boom in Scottsdale, including air conditioning and the city’s burgeoning arts and tourism industries. The arrival of a high-tech company also played a decisive role in the city’s growth. Motorola, pioneers of car radios and walkie talkies, among other innovations, helped super-charge the development of an already-growing city. The completion of a large Motorola plant in 1957 suddenly gave the “West’s Most Western Town” a strong foothold in technology and furnished thousands of good jobs.
The Chicago-based Motorola expanded in Scottsdale in part because Dan Noble, head of research for Motorola, liked horseback riding in Arizona, where Noble had vacationed as a college student. Jokingly referred to as “Noble’s Resort” and “Noble’s Folly” inside the company, Motorola’s Arizona operations proved to be a winning gamble and helped Motorola become an industry leader.