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All About Arizona: The Grand Canyon State or the REAL Sunshine State?

by | Jun 3, 2022 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Where IS Arizona? 

Arizona is located in the Southwest of the United States. There are five states that surround it: California on the west, Nevada on the northwest, Utah on the north, Colorado on the northeast, and New Mexico on the east. Can you find Arizona on a US map?

There is another country just south of Arizona. Do you know its name? Here are a few hints:

  • The world’s largest pyramid is in this country;
  • It’s known for its great food, such as tacos;
  • Some people wear a sombrero, which is a wide-brimmed hat. The name is taken from the Spanish word sombra, which means shade.

What really happened… 

Arizona became the 48th US state in 1912 and was the last state to join the Lower 48 states. Its history is unlike that of any other state, filled with camels, a meteorite and an Apache hero.

  • This state was once part of Mexico. Mexican land was divided into all or part of Colorado, New Mexico, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.
  • About 50,000 years ago, a very large asteroid was traveling at roughly 50 times the speed of sound and crashed in what is now Arizona. The impact or crash was so powerful that it created a gigantic crater or hole in the ground, tossing pieces of rock, some as large as houses, up to several miles away. This crater is called Meteor Crater or Barringer Crater, and is located east of a city called Flagstaff.
  • Camels have been part of Arizona’s history since the 1800s. Nearly 100 camels were brought to the Arizona territory from Egypt and Turkey to create the U.S. Army Camel Corps to transport goods across the state.
  • Geronimo was a famous Native American (Apache) leader and medicine man who was born in Arizona. He repeatedly evaded capture and life on a reservation and was the last Native American leader to formally surrender to the US military in 1886. He was so well known for his bravery that more than 50 years later, World War II paratroopers would yell “Geronimo!” before jumping out of planes.

Stuff you should know about Arizona…

  • It’s home to the Grand Canyon National Park, where 250 million-year-old rocks lie back-to-back with 1.2 billion-year-old rocks. It’s bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island!
  • In 1968, an American tycoon wanted to attract visitors and home buyers to a city he founded called Lake Havasu. So he bought the world famous London Bridge—all 10,000 tons of it—and moved it brick-by-brick to this desert town.
  • The world’s largest solar telescope is located at Kitt Peak National Observatory. (Read chapter 5)
  • There is enough copper on the dome of the state’s capital building to make 4.8 MILLION pennies! (Pennies are made out of copper; Arizona is the nation’s top copper producer)

Crazy, funny or just plain weird

  • In 1997, thousands of people reported seeing five strange lights silently moving across the state in a V formation. Were they really UFOs? Or maybe airplanes flying near each other? You decide…
  • People still tell stories about haunted Arizona roads and highways. Among those was Highway 666, which was also called Devil’s Highway. It was renamed US Route 491 in 2003.
  • Ever watch the Looney Tune cartoons where Wile E. Coyote tries to catch the Road Runner? Well, you just might see a real roadrunner in Arizona that can reach speeds of around 20 miles per hour. Beep beep!

Tell me more

  • Arizona doesn’t observe daylight saving time. That means that its clocks never move ahead one hour in the spring or back one hour in the fall.
  • The state has lots of rattlesnakes; in fact, it’s home to 13 different kinds, more than any other state!
  • Arizona is the sunniest state in the country. The sun shines about 85% of the time. It might be hard to believe, but this means more sunny days than Florida, California and Hawaii!

Know of any other interesting tidbits about Arizona? Please email it to info@adventuresofmo.com along with your first name and state. If published, we’ll make you a rising star!

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