How Did Phoenix Get Its Name?

Midtown Phoenix Closeup

Excerpt from Arizona Adventure by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. Arizona's capital city might have been called "Salina," "Stonewall," or even "Pumpkinville," had it not been for a spurious English "Lord" named Darrell Duppa. Duppa was a well-educated world traveler who, it was rumored, was given a substantial allowance by his wealthy English relatives to … [Read more...]

Mini-Taj in the Yuma Desert

Mini Taj in Yuma Desert

It's not as big as the Taj Mahal in India, but a little church in the desert north of Yuma was also built for the same reason -- in memory of one man's beloved companion. The Taj was erected between 1632 and 1654 near Agra, India, as a mausoleum for Mumtaz-I-Mahal, a favorite wife of Mogul emperor Shah Jahan. It stands about 330 feet tall at its highest points and features a … [Read more...]

Frequently Asked Questions About Saguaros

Saguaro 1

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 15, 2001.) Here at the Valley 101 Research Center and Windshield Squeegeeing Service, we have amassed a collection of three questions about saguaros, those noble cactuses that symbolize Arizona just as surely as … [Read more...]

A Brief But Fascinating History Of The Hohokam: The Valley’s First Residents

Hohokam Hut

Excerpt from Arizoniana by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. Most scientists believe the Hohokam arrived in Arizona from Mexico around 300 B.C. Apparently, they arrived with a strong culture intact and had an immediate influence on the area and the people already living here. In time their influence would be felt as far west as the Colorado River, to the … [Read more...]

Giant Crosses Watch Over Cochise County

Giant Cross Shrine in Hereford

COCHISE COUNTY - Two huge Celtic crosses keep silent watch over the landscape here. One graces the Holy Trinity Monastery, a Benedictine community just south of St. David. The second is on a hillside overlooking Our Lady of the Sierras Shrine near Hereford. Both tower more than 75 feet over their surroundings, and both are the result of a journey Pat and Gerry Chouinard made to … [Read more...]