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Dougherty House

142 West 2nd Street



Architect Unknown
Building Facade Altered


Built between 1908 and 1910.

The Michael J. Dougherty family owned the house from 1911 through
the 1930’s. Dougherty was a well known Mesa attorney, who served as
City Attorney from about 1914 to 1938. He organized and served as president of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

Dougherty served on the City school boards for twelve years and as president for six. He wrote a number of acts including the Arizona Power Authority Act, the Interstate Stream Act, and the first irrigation district law. He had been the Chairman of the Power Authority until 1950.

Dougherty controlled a considerable amount of  land, and with fellow farmers operated the first cotton gin in Arizona. 


The house is currently being renovated by the Understiller Family.

Follow their story at Tuesdays with Dorie.


See the story of Caesar, the dog about town, who use to live in the Dougherty House in our blog.

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