Ever experienced an “Only in Arizona” moment? We can relate. Many of the state’s oddities are rooted in our daily lives, while others pop up once in a lifetime.
In this post, we’re sharing some of the state’s quirkiest “official” facts and historical tidbits:
- Love it or hate it, the state has proclaimed the bola tie as our “official neckwear.”
- No joke, donkeys are not permitted to sleep in bathtubs in Arizona. It’s a sorely outdated law, but still on the books.
- Some of Arizona’s little-known and oddly named towns include: Why and Nowhere.
- Super-sized statues. Camp Verde is home to the world’s largest Kokopelli (32 feet tall) and Carefree boasts the world’s largest Kachina doll (39 feet fall).
- Phoenix and Tucson are among the nation’s most commonly misspelled city names, according to Podunk.
- Arizona officially became a state on February 14, 1912, making it the “Valentine State.”
- In 2001, the 4-year-old Arizona Diamondbacks captured the 2001 Word Series against the New York Yankees, making it the youngest expansion franchise to ever win the title.
This is just a sampling of the state’s quirky facts. What are some of your favorite oddities?