The city got its name after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Fort McDowell establishment in 1865, Salt River, and the fertile nearby grounds attracted farmers to move here. Constructing first irrigation canals, early settlers helped to lay the foundation of the future industry. Fast economic growth began after 1887, when due to the railroad, Tempe became one of the biggest agricultural centers in the surrounding area. After World War II, the city changed its appearance and Tempe became a more modern and cosmopolitan city. Modern Tempe is home to Arizona State University, headquarters of big corporations, Tempe Center for the Arts, etc. Except for the business and educational opportunities, the city also is home to many national sport events, such as Ironman Arizona.