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Where It All Began

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Founded in 1947, Altier began as the vision of eight forward-thinking employees of the Salt River Valley Water Users Association.

The Water Temple Building (pictured left), was built in
1920, and served as the original home of Altier Credit Union.

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70 Years and Counting


Today, membership has expanded to over 18,000 members and is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Maricopa County, Page and St. Johns AZ.

With five full-service branches in Arizona and a network of over 80,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide, Altier provides a complete line of financial services. We're trusted, strong and local - just as we've always been!

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70 Fun Facts

70 Fun Facts 

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#1 Fun Facts

#1 A 70th anniversary is commonly known as the Platinum Anniversary.
#2 Cheetahs are the world's fastest mammals. They can run 70 mph but only for short distances. 
#3 The SRP Water Temple Building served as the original home of Altier CU in 1947. 
#4 Antarctica contains 70% of the world's freshwater in the form of glaciers and ice caps. 
#5 Founded in 1947, Altier CU began as the vision of eight forward-thinking employees of the Salt River Valley Water Users Association. 
#6 A man or woman who has lived for 70 years is called a septuagenarian.

#7 Fun Facts

#7 In 1947, you could mail a card or letter via the United States Postal Service for just 3 cents.
#8 By the time you turn 70, your heart will have beat over two and a half billion times!
#9 Tupperware and the "Tupperware Party" were invented by Earl Tupper in 1947.
#10 In Olympic archery, the targets are 70 meters from the archers.
#11 In 1947, the President of the United State was Harry S. Truman.
#12 In 1970, The Who became the first act to perform rock music at the Metropolitan Opera House in NY.

#14 Fun Facts

#13 For added realism, the hump and harness costume used in the 1923 silent movie "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" weighed 70 pounds.
#14 Copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. 
#15 In 1947, the Yankees beat the Dodgers in seven games in the first ever televised World Series.
#16 The lowest temperature ever recorded was -70 degrees centigrade in Yakutsk, Russia.
#17 The first computer "bug" was a moth that was stuck in a Harvard Mark II computer in 1947.

#21 Fun Facts

#18 Americans cooking the classic Irish staple, corned beef and cabbage, leads to a 70% increase is cabbage shipments the week of St. Patrick's Day.
#19 NASCAR driver J.D. McDuffie, was known for driving car #70 and holds the record for most starts in NASCAR's top level without a win.
#20 The mummification process for the Egyptians lasted 70 days.
#21 The dinosaurs are widely believed to have been wiped out by a meteorite that crashed into the Earth 70 million years ago.

#24 Fun Facts

#22 The American Gaming Association estimates 70 million March Madness brackets were filled out to total $10.4 billion overall in bets.
#23 On April Fool's Day 1974, a man hauled 70 tires into the crater of a dormant volcano in Alaska and set them on fire, terrifying nearby residents into thinking the volcano was erupting again.
#24 Dark chocolate is considered healthier than milk chocolate because it contains 70% to 99% cocoa, reducing the amount of sugars, oils and other fillers.
#25 On the periodic table of elements, atomic number 70 belongs to Ytterbium, a metallic element in the Lanthanide series.

#29 Fun Facts

#26 70% of pet owners, at least occasionally, let their pets sleep in their bed.
#27 Joey Chestnut set the world record for eating grilled cheese sandwiches in 2006, eating 47 sandwiches in 10 minutes.

#28 More than 70% of people who file a tax return receive a refund.
#29 70 members attended the first annual meeting of the CU on August 6, 1947. Ralph Brooks was elected as the first president.
#30 The Polaroid camera was invented in 1947 by Edwin H. Land.

#32 Fun Facts

#31 Ratatouille's Remy has 1,150,070 individual hairs on his body.
#32 A violin contains over 70 separate pieces of wood.
#33 Women lose an average of about 70 hairs a day, compared to 40 hairs a day for men.
#34 Kitty Litter was invented in 1947 by Edward Lowe.
#35 Around 70 million pounds of avocados are eaten on Cinco de Mayo in the U.S.
#36 About 70% of the nation's lemons are consumed fresh.

#37 Fun Facts

#37 In 1947, the top ten baby names were: Linda, Mary, Patricia, Barbara, Sandra, James, Robert, John, William and Richard.
#38 The West Virginia Mountaineers scored 70 points in the 2012 Orange Bowl, setting the record as the most points ever scored by one side in the history of college football bowl games.

#39 70% of mothers receive flowers on Mother's Day, making it one of the most popular gifts.
#40 Up to 70% of vitamin C is lost when vegetables are steam cooked.

#41 Fun Facts

#41 70% less energy is required to recycle paper as compared to making it from raw materials. 
#42 Each Memorial Day, Americans eat an average of 818 hot dogs per second totaling over 70 million hot dogs in a single day. 
#43 20% of kids learn to play music. 70% of adults say they wish they had.
#44 70% of teens are friends with their parents on Facebook.
#45 A mosquito has 47 teeth and takes in about 5-millionths of a liter of blood during feeding. 

#50 Fun Facts

#46 According to the U.S. Census, there are more than 70 million fathers across the United States. 
#47 The coconut palm tree yields thousands of coconuts during its lifespan of approx. 70 years. 

#48 At the age of 70, Benjmain Franklin was the oldest delegate to sign The Declaration of Independence.
#49 You can drive along U.S. Route 70 from east-central Arizona to eastern North Carolina. The highway runs a total of 2,385 miles.
#50 A pig's heart beats an average of 70 times per minute.

#56 Fun Facts

#51 Americans consume approximately 70 million tater tots a year.
#52 Your larynx prefers warm, moist air, making 70% humidity the ideal amount for healthy vocal cords. 
#53 There are 70 calories in 1 tablespoon of Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels.
#54 Baby saber-toothed tigers weigh 70 lbs at birth.
#55 An infants body weight is over 70% water. By the time we reach adulthood, our body weight averages 50-60% water.
#56 The lowest point in Arizona is 70 feet above the sea level at the Colorado River near Yuma.

#61 Fun Facts

#57 Bordeaux is famous for producing red wine. However, until the 1970's the region in France produced more white wine than red.
#58 Small family farms produce over 70% of the world's food.
#59 150 million Americans (70% of barbecue-goers) expect to bite into a juicy burger on Labor Day.
#60 Walt Disney was the voice of Mickey Mouse until 1947's "Mickey and the Beanstalk," when he said he was too busy to continue doing so.
#61 70% of grandparents report seeing their grandchildren at least once a week.

#65 Fun Facts

#62 Over 70% of Americans say they usually sleep with or next to their mobile phone. It increases to 90% for 18-29 year olds.
#63 The Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland was originally envisioned as a New Orleans-themed Blue Bayou Mart featuring a Pirate Wax Museum, housed in a 70-foot deep basement.
#64 The red maple grows to an average height of 70 feet.
#65 100 million Americans say they drink at least one cup of coffee every day. 70 million of them prefer good ole fashioned drip coffee. 

#70 Fun Facts

#66 According to the a survey by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), 70% of people are ready to try out an autonomous car.
#67 Arcturus is the fourth brightest star in the sky. It is 70 times more luminous than our sun.
#68 Though Columbus Day has been celebrated unofficially since Colonial days, the holiday was moved to the second Monday of October in 1970.
#69 South Mountain Park is one of the largest municipally operated parks in the country with nearly 70 miles of trails for visitors of all ages to hike, mountain bike and ride horses.

#70 Water Users Employees Federal Credit Union was established on July 23, 1947. Today, Altier Credit Union celebrates 70 years!