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Casa Grande, Arizona

Founded in 1879, the town is named after the Hohokam Indian Ruins located near there. A little closer to Phoenix than Tucson, but right on the road in between, it is the largest community in Pinal County since it was incorporated in 1915. 1997 population is about 22,000.

The main draw for the visitor would be the shopping. Otherwise, the town is mostly agriculture, with some business taking hold from firms like Frito Lay, Mulay Plastics, Lexington, Palm Harbor Homes, Abbott Labs, Volkswagen of America, Velcro, Nissan/Calsonic and more.

Personally, I have maintained that Casa Grande will become a suburb of Phoenix within the next 10 years due to the growth around here. Casa Grande residents would hate to hear me say that...

Things to do:

Tanger Outlet Center:  This is the one we like better out of the two outlet centers in Casa Grande.  Stores include Liz Claiborne, Big Dog Store (my wife's favorite), Corning -Revere, Phaltzgraf, Mikasa, Adolfo II, Perfumania, and a really good bookstore (can't remember the name off hand).  They even serve snow cones and hot dogs at the sidewalk stands!  Follow the signs off of I-10. The shopping center is on the west side of the freeway.

Factory Stores of America:  We don't really ever go to this shopping center, the stores are not as good as the Tanger Outlet Center.

Casa Grande Ruins:

Arizona State Open Chili Championship:

O'Odham Tash Celebration: a gathering of Tribes held mid-February every year featuring arts, crafts, dances, rodeos, powwows, and parades.

Walking Tour of Casa Grande: The railroad station is unique, and there are still several historic buildings around.

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