Big Counties Make Sense in Arizona

Arizona County Map

Excerpt from Valley 101: A Slightly Skewed Guide to Living in Arizona, a collection of Clay Thompson’s columns for The Arizona Republic. (Originally published February 18, 2001.) Q: I’m from Indiana, and this is my question: Why are Arizona counties so big? A: When we first read your question, we were a bit nonplussed, but this is not too surprising because we here at … [Read more...]

Gun Sculpture of Phoenix

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PHOENIX - It took Robert John Miley more than a decade to turn guns into art. The result is a sculpture that rises above a small park at the corner of Roosevelt Street and Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix. Miley spent 11 years acquiring the land, material and manpower needed to create the work. The statue, which resembles a man lifting his arms skyward, is made of steel and … [Read more...]

How did Show Low Get its Name?

Statue commemorating card game in which Show Low derived its name.

Excerpt from Arizona Adventure by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. Early day settlers Corydon E. Cooley and Marion Clark had been neighbors for a short time, living among the lush, green ponderosa forestland along Arizona's Mogollon Rim. The two became concerned about one encroaching on the other's privacy. Perhaps on a clear day one could see a wisp of … [Read more...]

The Painted Rocks at Chloride

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CHLORIDE - Up around here, the painted rocks are known simply as "the Mural." Roy Purcell, the artist, called the work “The Journey” and says it was the result of a deep personal introspection. Either way, the decorated boulders have withstood the elements, bureaucracy and the multitude of tourists who travel a crooked mile to view them, photograph them, comment on them and … [Read more...]

Roof Rocks Help Cool Hot House

Example of rocks placed on roof. Photo taken by Nick Perez in 2010, posted on Flickr.

Excerpt from Valley 101: A Slightly Skewed Guide to Living in Arizona, a collection of Clay Thompson’s columns for The Arizona Republic. (Originally published May 28, 2000.) Q: Recently, I saw a house in Tempe that had large rocks on the roof. I mentioned this to a friend who had grown up here, and he said it used to be quite common, but he didn’t know why. Can you … [Read more...]