Kristy McCaffrey writes contemporary and award-winning historical western romances. She likes the peculiar, the fascinating, and the scientific; animals and the outdoors; her husband and children; history, symbols, and mythology. Grab a cup of tea and hang out by the fireside. Let's travel together.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Facts About Arizona
By Kristy McCaffrey
interesting facts about my native Arizona.
is the 6th largest state in the U.S.
has more mountainous country than Switzerland.
has more sunshine than Florida.
No. 1 tourist attraction is the Grand Canyon.
has the largest Native American population in the U.S with the largest
Indian land set aside among all states.
has the nation’s southernmost ski resort—Mt. Lemmon near Tucson.
has the largest stand of Ponderosa pine in the world.
produces more copper than the rest of the nation combined.
Four Corners region of northeast Arizona is the only place in the nation where
4 states have a common meeting point.
has more cacti than any place in the world.
name Arizona is derived from Papago Indian words “Aleh Zon,” which means “small Spring,” and describes the site of a
fabulous silver strike near Nogales in 1736.
highest point in Arizona is Mt. Humphrey in the San Francisco Peaks (near
Flagstaff) at 12,637 feet. The lowest point is
near Yuma (138 feet above sea level).
became a separate territory in 1863 and a state in 1912.
state flower is the saguaro cactus bloom.
state tree is the Palo Verde, which blooms a brilliant yellow-gold in April or
state bird is the cactus wren.
on the Hopi Mesas, is reputed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in
best preserved meteor crater in the world is located near Winslow, Arizona. The
impact was about 22,000 years ago.
Phoenix originated in 1866 as a hay camp to supply Camp McDowell.
Phoenix area rapidly expanded in growth after World War II, due in part to the
invention of air conditioning.