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Wittmann, Arizona
Nadaburg School House
Nadaburg School House
Location of Wittmann in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Location of Wittmann in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Wittmann, Arizona is located in the United States
Wittmann, Arizona
Wittmann, Arizona
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Arizona
County Maricopa
Area
 • Total 0.96 sq mi (2.50 km2)
 • Land 0.96 sq mi (2.50 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,683 ft (513 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 684
 • Density 708.81/sq mi (273.76/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
ZIP codes
85361
Area code(s) 623
FIPS code 04-84140
GNIS feature ID 2582909

Wittmann is a census-designated place in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is located along U.S. Route 60 in the central part of Arizona, approximately 35 miles northwest of central Phoenix, and while technically located within the city's metropolitan area, it is generally regarded by locals to be just outside it. As of the 2010 census, there were 6,700 people living in the Wittmann ZIP Code Tabulation Area (85361), but 763 in Wittmann itself.

A variant name was Nadaburg; the present name is for Joseph Wittmann and his wife Eleanor van Beuren Wittmann, a couple who attempted several times to get approvals to build a dam project in nearby Box Canyon that would have benefitted the town. This was to be a successor to the poorly engineered Walnut Grove dam that collapsed in February 1890, less than two years after it had filled. Eleanor van Beuren's father was the nominal head of a group of East Coast investors that had funded what was then primarily a placer mining project. One of the Walnut Grove Water Storage Company's engineers (not responsible for the design) was Lieut. Col. Alexander Ogden Brodie who was later appointed Arizona's Territorial governor.

Governmental approval and adequate funding lacking, the replacement dam project plans faltered. A long projected time for repayment of supplemental government funding killed Joseph Wittmann's project in the 1940s, leaving promises to Maricopa County families broken.

The naming of nearby Morristown also refers to the Wittmann and van Beuren families, for they had residences in Morristown, New Jersey.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6700 people living in the Wittmann area (Zip Code 85361), but 763 in Wittman itself. The population density was 56.3 people per square mile. The racial makeup of Wittmann was 83.8% White, 0.8% Black or African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 10.6% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. 24.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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