As a resident of Arizona, born and bred, I thought I knew everything there was to know about this dry desert state. It was no news to me that we were the 6th largest state in the US, that we are the leader in copper production in the nation, and that we became the 48th state to join the nation. Some things I didn't know was that the official necktie of Arizona, and yes that is a real thing. is the bolo tie, which is also a real thing, and that it is unlawful to refuse a person a drink of water. Also interesting is that Arizona has more parks and monuments than any other state, more mountains than Switzerland, and more golf courses than Scotland. (How do we fit it all in?)
So I decided I definitely didn't know enough about the state I call home. So I looked up some facts and here is what I found...
In Arizona it is unlawful for a donkey to sleep in the bathtub. This one speaks for itself I think.
Does the name Cecil B. DeMille mean anything to you? Me neither. But this is the man responsible for the cinematic center of the world, Hollywood. Well if not for a stormy night, DeMille would have shot the film that started Hollywood in none other than Flagstaff, Arizona which would have made it the movie capital of the world. Mind officially blown.
It probably seems at this point that I can't top the "almost Hollywood" story, but did you know that the hunting of camels is prohibited in Arizona. I laughed out loud and thought to myself, "where did this crazy idea come from"! Well ladies and gentlemen here is a little history I learned; apparently during the mid 1800's the US military thought it a good idea to use camels as transportation in the "great desert" of the southwestern United States. So with a crew of camel handlers, the most famous being Hi Jolly who has a small pyramid monument with a metal camel atop in Quartzsite, the military procured camels for use in transport operations. Although it didn't last long it still made a page in Arizona history, mainly due to sightings in the wild, because the release of some of these militant camels into the desert. Pretty crazy huh? Last reported sighting was about 70 years ago so chances of seeing one now are slim, but then again you never know...
A few other fun facts about Arizona are: the first barrel of tequila to roll off the production line was in Nogales, Arizona on June 6, 1936. Your welcome world.
Arizona also has one of the best preserved meteor crater crash sites in the world located at Meteor Crater outside of Winslow.
The O.K. Corral Shootout, the most famous of the western shootouts, happened in Tombstone, Arizona. It also only lasted for 30 seconds.
This one I thought was really cool, the original London Bridge was shipped stone by stone to Lake Havasu City where it was reassembled and still stands today.
And here were a few facts that made me proud...
The Arizona Cardinals are the oldest continuous franchise in the National Football League.
Rumored to be located in the Superstition Mountains is the nation's most famous lost gold mine, the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine.
We have 60% of all types of wildlife species found in North America... that's a lot.
The world's oldest rodeo exists in Prescott, Arizona. The world's oldest continuous rodeo is in Payson, Arizona.
And last but surely not least, here are a few oddities from home.
Didn't know that petrified wood was the state's official fossil? Now you do and your welcome!
And here is the last of the oddities I'm gonna show you, but perhaps one of the most beautiful... the Tovrea Castle.
Thanks for stopping by! Pendragon!