How did Arizona get its Name?

Arizona State Map

Excerpt from Arizona Adventure by Marshall Trimble, the state's official historian. The name Arizona comes from the Papago "ali-shonak" meaning "small spring." The name became popular following the discovery of rich lodes of silver "so pure you could cut it with a knife," some 25 miles southwest of present-day Nogales in 1736. The word was ultimately corrupted into … [Read more...]

A New Chapter in Arizona Storytelling

A couple of months ago, I took a walk through Old Town Scottsdale as the sun set on an idyllic spring day. It was the kind of day that reminded me why I lived here, and with summer on the horizon, I wanted to relish every minute of it. As I rounded the corner of an alley near Circle K, I was greeted by two horses. It seemed somewhat normal, despite the fact that I was … [Read more...]