Four families from Peoria, Illinois stopped their wagons in the middle of the Arizona territory in 1886 and decided to set down roots here were early practitioners of the trend of Midwestern migration that still continues today. One of the best school districts in the state, affordable housing and close proximity to downtown Phoenix are largely responsible for the influx of new residents. The Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres train each spring at the Peoria Sports Complex, a quarter mile away from the Arrowhead Towne Shopping Center. Many beautiful hotels and numerous restaurants adjoin the Sports Complex where activities abound all year long. Peoria is the home of Lake Pleasant, a 24,000-acre water wonderland surrounded by desert flora and fauna. There are hiking trails, campgrounds, a lake overlook and boat ramps to enjoy.