Q: Everybody refers to this area as the Valley. What exactly is the Valley the valley of?
A: This is a deeply troubling question because it actually required some work to nail down the answer.
The easy part first: This is the Valley of the Sun.
Of course it isn’t really the Valley of the Sun. The ancient Hohokam Indians did not say to their relatives, “Hey, you should come down to the Valley of the Sun for the winter.”
Valley of the Sun was a name cooked up in the 1930s to boost tourism. As these sorts of things go, it’s not bad — short, snappy, descriptive.