The city of Glendale is located in Maricopa County, northwest of Phoenix. Up to the late 1800s, the land was a desert. The building of a 40-mile-long Arizona Canal from Granite Reef to New River and the ban on alcohol attracted lots of settlers. The construction of the railroad led to local business development. From the early 1900s, Glendale was known as the Jewel City for its “sparkling like a jewel in the sun”. Nowadays it has great recreational activities, exceptional educational opportunities, and it is famous for its recognizable historical downtown. Also, the city is home to Thunderbird Conservation Park, Luke Air Force Base, Midwestern University, and other notorious places and facilities.