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Thee business and medical hub for the north west Valley of the Sun. It is between Sun City on its west, Phoenix and Glendale on its east, farmland on its south, and Lake Pleasant on its north. Peoria was incorporated in 1954 as an agricultural town. Its roots come from the 1880s when some families from Peoria, Illinois moved there and began farming. Peoria's first post office opened in 1888.

Peoria's whole direction changed with the opening of Sun City. From 1980 to 1990 the city's growth exceeded 300%. 1997 population was listed as 83,500. Basically, it became the support community for the retirement community next door, which was limited to age groups 55 or older by deed restrictions. Honeywell Flight Systems and American Express have offices there, and Bull Information Systems has a computer plant.

The Peoria Sports Complex is home to the Seattle Mariners and The San Diego Padres for Spring training.


Things to Do:

Lake Pleasant Regional Park: a 25,000 acre lake for boating, fishing, swimming, and water skiing. A new marina has recently opened featuring a 120 passenger cruise ship.

Saba's Western Wear:  On the South-West corner of the intersection of the freeway and Bell Road (the street address is 8135 West Bell Road) there is a strip mall.  Check out Saba's for authentic, quality western clothes.  The manager is named Linda, and she is knowledgable, and very nice to deal with.  (623) 979-7300.  Not cheap, but high quality.

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