In and near the Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona are three museums that tell the story of the region and the people who lived there in the distant and recent past: the Pueblo Grande Museum, the Tempe Historical Museum, and the Arizona Historical Society at Papago Park.

Together these three museum in the heart of the Phoenix area encapsulate the entire history of this now-urbanized region.

They reveal not only the significance of developing water resources in the desert, but also the unintended consequences of doing so.