Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona. It was founded by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) missionaries who dictated the layout of the original town site. It is a rapidly growing, family-oriented community with a strong public school system, and plans for arts and aquatics centers. Two museums, dozens of public and private golf courses. A baseball stadium, and tubing on the nearby Salt River provide recreation choices for Mesa families. The Arizona Temple’s spectacular Christmas lights display and Easter Pageant are annual festivities that attract thousands of visitors. The Easter Pageant is noted as the largest annual outdoor Easter pageant in the world.
- Founded: 1878
- Incorporated: 1883
- Elevation: 1,255 feet
- Size: 122 square miles
- Population: 395,375 (2000 census)
- Major Attractions: Mesa Southwest Museum, Arizona Museum for Youth, numerous public and private golf courses, Cactus League baseball at HoHokam Stadium and Cubs Park, and tubing on the Salt River