This community, incorporated in 1946, is about 17 miles southwest of Phoenix, and has its roots in 1916 when Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company began cotton farming there. As time went on, an offshoot company, Goodyear Aircraft, built a plant and some housing for its workers making flight decks for Navy seaplanes. Loral and Lockheed Martin made purchases there, and the town and its airport gained an important presence in the aerospace industry. The airport plays host to Dimension Aviation and Federal Express which operates one of the largest passenger jet to cargo jet conversion plants in the world. Lufthansa's Airline Training Center teaches commercial airline pilots from around the world, and Lockheed Martin still has a Tactical Defense Systems operation on one million square feet next to the airport. Other products manufactured here include Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels, Poore Brothers Potato Chips, Walle plastic labels, Adapto air bag adapters (air bags are made by TRW just outside of Queen Creek), Cavco modular housing, and Simpson-Norton turf products, and more. It is very common to see the Goodyear Blimp, the Met Life Blimp and the Slice Blimp floating around the area, as all of them get service here. Today, housing developments are drawing residents away from the stress of living in Phoenix and its bigger surrounding cities, and the population has grown from 2747 in 1980 to over 12,200 in 1997.
Things to Do:
Phoenix International Raceway: This is a paved tri-oval race track that hosts such races as the NASCAR Winston Cup Phoenix 500, the Indy Phoenix 200, and the Copperworld Classic. Prices depend on the race, but there are always some inexpensive "mountainside" seats to be had. The mountainside is pretty rough, but gives you a view of most of the track, something not even all of the grand stand seats have to offer at a much higher price.
White Tanks Regional Park: Named for natural rock water tanks used by the Indians, it offers hiking, camping, horseback riding, and if you look carefully, Indian petroglyphs.
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