Did You Know it’s Against the Law to Grow Morning Glories?

Purple Morning Glory

Yes, indeed, it is against Arizona law to grow morning glories. As far as we know, no one has ever been sent up for this offense, nor have there ever been, that we are aware of, turf struggles between elements of the criminal underclass vying to control the morning glory trade.

Nonetheless, it turns out that beneath its happy, colorful flowers beat the roots of a really nasty plant.

A Rattler Over Tucson’s Broadway

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The Diamondback Bridge in Tucson can probably lay claim to a variety of different titles — “the world’s longest rattlesnake,” “the world’s largest rattlesnake” and even “the world’s most artistic use of steel floor grating.” The pedestrian bridge is 300 feet long, 16 feet high, 16 feet wide, and it spans Broadway, one of the city’s major traffic arterials. It’s the creation of Tucson artist Simon Donovan, who observed that “the proportion of the bridge seemed to be perfect for depicting a large snake.” And so he made one.

Early Day Prospecting in Old Yuma County

Gold Nugget

About 20 miles up the Gila River from Yuma, the community of Dome basks in the desert sun. It’s pretty quiet around here these days—a far cry from that prosperous time in the late 1850s when the boisterous boom town of Gila City boasted some thousand rough and tumble prospectors. It was Arizona’s first gold strike, and the town set the style for other mining camps over the next few years.

Think Arizona is the Grand Canyon State? Think Again.

Grand Canyon

It’s pretty safe to say that a large amount of residents consider Arizona the “Grand Canyon State.”

State nicknames like this are commonplace around the nation, and many of us thought the massive hole that juts through the northern part of our state supposedly gave us our moniker. Yet it turns out, this isn’t our official nickname, and a crafty little girl from California brought it to light.

The Helping Hand Helps Superior

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The town square in Superior isn’t very big. In fact, it’s not even a square; it’s a triangle. A small triangle. So small that if it weren’t for the statue, there’s a good chance nobody would ever notice it. But the statue’s there and it gives the square triangle purpose.