Tempe was founded in 1872 by Charles T. Hayden, who established a ferry service, flour mill and mercantile store overlooking the Rio Salado (Salt River). Hayden's Ferry was the only transportation system across the river. The Hayden Flour Mill is the oldest continously operating business in the state of Arizona. Tempe is the fifth largest city in the state with a population of approximately 150,000 and is located at the heart of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Scottsdale, Mesa, Phoenix and Chandler are the borders of Tempe. Tempe is home to Arizona State University, the state's largest university. ASU enrollment leads all universities in the Southwestern states. Tempe's elevation is 1105 feet above sea level and encompasses 39.5 square miles.
We are extremely proud of our progressive city and it's warm, friendly people. Tempe offers the Southwestern style of hospitality. We'll go the extra mile for you during your stay with us. You'll find an ideal climate, clean gorgeous landscapes, enticing restaurants, spectacular entertainment and most of all, fun in Tempe.
For information on all events and activities you may call the Tempe Convention and Visitor's Bureau Information Line at (602) 894-8158 or e-mail AZ Destinations Web at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will want to stay in the "Valley of the Sun" forever.