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

Purple Morning Glory

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 September 17, 2000.) Q: Why is it against the law to grow morning glories in Arizona? A: It is? Uh-oh. Excuse us. We have to dash home for a few minutes. Yes, indeed, it is against Arizona law to grow morning … [Read more...]

A Rattler Over Tucson’s Broadway

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TUCSON - The Diamondback Bridge in the Old Pueblo 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. … [Read more...]

Early Day Prospecting in Old Yuma County

Gold Nugget

Excerpt from Arizoniana by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. 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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

The Helping Hand Helps Superior

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SUPERIOR - 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. It's called "The Helping Hand," and it depicts a man reaching down to assist a friend. It was … [Read more...]