New Book Shares Encanto-Palmcroft's Neighborhood History

Top Quote The Encanto-Palmcroft neighborhood in central Phoenix was created in the twilight of the "City Beautiful Movement," a philosophy that supported beautiful surroundings to promote moral and social order. End Quote
  • Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (1888PressRelease) April 15, 2014 - Releasing on May 5, 2014 is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing's popular Images of America series, Phoenix's Greater Encanto-Palmcroft Neighborhood. The local history book from local authors G.G. George and Leigh Conrad boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by in this Arizona neighborhood.

    This new pictorial history book takes readers on a journey from when Palmcroft was developed in 1927, to the development of Encanto, "The Enchanting" in 1928, to the modern scenes of the beautiful neighborhood. Author G.G. George and Leigh Conrad share the stories of the founders of the neighborhood, for Palmcroft that was Dwight B. Heard and William G. Hartranft and Encanto was founded by Lloyd C. Lakin and George T. Peter. Vintage images, the majority of which have been donated from residents' private collections, show custom Period Revival homes that were custom built no two homes are alike.

    The authors also shed light on the neighborhood's modern historical significance. Since the area has kept its charm, it is often used as a setting for various movies and commercials. Even into the 21st century, this neighborhood maintains its integrity and significance due to the participation of residents who realize its historic importance. Phoenix's Greater Encanto-Palmcroft Neighborhood helps share this unique history with readers, residents and visitors alike.

    Highlights of Phoenix's Greater Encanto-Palmcroft
    Neighborhood include:
    Encanto Park, which has been named one of the 12 best parks in the U.S. by Forbes Magazine.
    Two sundials listed on the North American Sundial Registry are located in the Arboreal and Rose Gardens.
    All profits from the sale of the book are being donated to the Encanto Citizens Association to carry on their valuable preservation work.

    Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

    Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America's people and places. Have we done a book on your town? Visit

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