Lost Pick Mine of Old Arizona: Hidden Gold Remains Hidden

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Excerpt from In Old Arizona by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. Back in 1540 Francisco Vasquez de Coronado led a large expedition across Arizona in search of the mythical Seven Cities of Gold. They followed a tortuous path along waterless desert valleys, through twisting, boulder-choked canyons and across brawny mountain ranges. They came up empty in their … [Read more...]

The Stories Behind Scottsdale’s McCormick Ranch, Gainey Ranch

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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 July 22, 2001.) Q: There are so many places around the Valley with “ranch” in the name. How many were ever really ranches? A: Lots of them. Lots and lots. Despite all the sprawl, you have to bear in mind that the … [Read more...]

Courthouse Diversity in Tucson

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TUCSON - The Pima County Courthouse has been a landmark here for eight decades, but it took a long time for the community to accept it because of a lingering controversy over the colors and style. But over the years, the Spanish Colonial Revival structure has become became a city icon. The building, designed by Roy W. Place and built by Herbert Brown, is the third … [Read more...]

Arizona Place Names (Pt. 2): Origins from Prominent People, Patriotism in Old Arizona

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Arizona Place Names (Pt. 1) explores a slew of cities with Spanish, Indian and random origins. This post touches on place names stemming from prominent people and patriotism. Excerpt from Arizona Adventure by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. Patriotism was the motivating factor in the naming of one of northern Arizona's most prominent cities. A party of … [Read more...]

Have You Seen The Tiny Creatures From The Stock Tank?

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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 October 22, 2002.) Q: My husband and kids were out hiking and stopped at a stock tank to look for animal tracks. In the water, they saw these amazing prehistoric bug-looking things. They have a horseshoe-shaped shell … [Read more...]