El Mirage was first founded 20 miles west of Phoenix near Grand Avenue. It began as a community of farm workers who were struggling to build homes for themselves. Not long after the early settlers setup homes and farms in the area, the the Army Air Field nearby (now called Luke Air Force Base) setup an auxiliary training field for pilots training for World War II.
Over the years the community has maintained a close relationship with Luke Air Force Base, one of the U. S. Air Forces primary fighter train bases.
The city was chartered in 1951 and has been growing rapidly ever since.