Arizona History

Two Guns sign
During Route 66’s heyday, families drove cross country on the "Mother Road" and took in  a variety of roadside attractions from the world’s largest covered wagon in Illinois to a rattlesnake den in Oklahoma. In Arizona, many stopped halfway between Flagstaff and Winslow at a spooky ghost town called Two Guns.
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Apr. 1, 2019
women of the west series banner
Arizona boasts of many women who’ve made history both here and on the national stage. It’s easy to name the Sandra Day O'Connors and Rose Moffords — but what about those who are lesser known?
Mar. 19, 2019
tractor kicking up dust
In Arizona’s business community, we often hear the line that our number one trading partner is Mexico. But the impact of Mexican workers in our state also has shaped our state’s economy for longer than our state has been a state.
Nov. 1, 2018
winged victory statue
You’ve probably driven past the building and barely noticed — yet she’s been there for more than a century.
Jun. 26, 2015
Davis-Monthan Boneyard
Arizona has many unique places. It has one of the largest canyons, largest solar telescope –- and the only military boneyard in the United States.
Apr. 17, 2015
capital on wheels
During the 19th century Arizona’s legislative body was a traveling office. It moved between the northern and southern part of the state so often it eventually got a nickname.
Sep. 26, 2014
Sunnyslope mountain
More than a century ago people came to the hot, dry Phoenix climate to recover from all sorts of pulmonary ailments — tuberculosis, for instance. Today, one of the places that was popular back then became a town of its own.
Sep. 12, 2014
 “Waiting for Their Stars” illustration
More than 100 years ago, Arizona became the last of the contiguous U.S. states to be signed into statehood, but it did not happen so easily Arizona had a bumpy road to statehood.
Feb. 14, 2014
U.S. and Arizona flag
In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state to join the Union. Manifest Destiny was already assured since California had joined the union more than 60 years earlier. So, as far as Washington, D.C. was concerned, adding Arizona was not a pressing issue.
Feb. 14, 2012

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