Founded in 1879, this once rural community relied on mining and agriculture and is named for the famous Hohokam Indian Ruins that are 20 miles northeast. Once reliant on just mining and agriculture, this community now has a solid economic base which includes manufacturing, retail trade, tourist related and government employment. Strategically located at the intersection of two major highways, I-8 and I-10; Casa Grande is midway between both the cities of Phoenix and Tucson. The city has a huge variety of community based recreation available that includes rodeo facilities, golf courses, and the newest addition, an open air mall, The Promenade at Casa Grande. Casa Grande has nine public elementary schools, two private elementary schools and a new public high school. There are several colleges and universities within an easy commuting distance.