Lost Pick Mine of Old Arizona: Hidden Gold Remains Hidden

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Ol’ Ma Nature’s rough hands couldn’t have created a better place on this earth to hide a treasure than right here in Arizona. It’s also a good place to lose one and we’ve got more lost mines here in the heart of Arizona than politicians got plans.

Most of these mines have a history of being found then lost again. The stories stay pretty much the same—prospector finds rich treasure, thinks he has memorized the exact spot, and then leaves. Upon his return, his mind starts playin’ tricks on him, and he can’t relocate the elusive strike.

The Stories Behind Scottsdale’s McCormick Ranch, Gainey Ranch


Q: There are so many places around the Valley with “ranch” in the name. How many were ever really ranches?

A: Lots of them. Lots and lots. Despite all the sprawl, you have to bear in mind that the Valley metro area started as a farming community, and until fairly recently, Maricopa County was primarily an agricultural area. So there were a lot of ranches.

Not all of these spreads were exactly hardscrabble kinds of places. McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, before it turned into a residential development, was the home of Fowler and Anne McCormick. Fowler McCormick’s two grandfathers were Cyrus McCormick, the inventor of the grain reaper, and John D. Rockefeller, so he wasn’t exactly hurting for cash. He later became president and chairman of the board of International Harvester.

Courthouse Diversity in Tucson

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The Pima County Courthouse has been a Tucson landmark for eight decades, but it took a long time for the community to accept it because of a lingering controversy over the colors and style. But over the years, the Spanish Colonial Revival structure has become became a city icon.

The building, designed by Roy W. Place and built by Herbert Brown, is the third courthouse to occupy the site.

Arizona Place Names (Pt. 2): Origins from Prominent People, Patriotism in Old Arizona

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Patriotism was the motivating factor in the naming of one of northern Arizona’s most prominent cities. A party of immigrants bound for California camped at the foot of the San Francisco Mountains on July 4, 1876. To honor the nation’s centennial, they raised the colors. To celebrate the occasion they called the site Flagstaff.

A group of miners in Santa Cruz County wanted to call their new town “American Flag,” but the idea was nixed

Have You Seen The Tiny Creatures From The Stock Tank?

Photograph taken by Dominik Tomaszewski from http://mytriops.com/

My husband and kids were out hiking and stopped at a stock tank to look for animal tracks. In the water, they saw these amazing prehistoric bug-looking things. They have a horseshoe-shaped shell with what looks like eyes on it. From under the open end of the shell, there is a tail with a forked end.When you flip them over, they have a dark-orange fringe that looks like millipede legs. What is it?