General Arizona Trivia: Can You Pass?

Arizona State Flag

Test your knowledge of Arizona with this short quiz, originally published in Marshall Trimble’s Official Arizona Trivia. Don’t scroll down too quickly. The answers are posted shortly below the questions. When you’re finished, leave a comment with your score. 1. What is Arizona's best-known nickname> 2. Name Arizona's five C's. 3. What is the largest Indian tribe in … [Read more...]

How did Sky Harbor International Airport Get its Name?

Sky Harbor

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 January 14, 2001.) Q: How did Sky Harbor International Airport get its name? A: We take up this question with some reluctance because the entire staff and faculty of Valley 101 has a deep abhorrence of airports, … [Read more...]

Seven Cities of Gold: The Story Behind Arizona’s Earliest Yarnspinners

Gold Rock

Excerpt from Arizoniana by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. Most folks believe the art of pullin' legs attached to tenderfeet began with the arrival of windjammin' mountain men, prospectors and cowboys. But it seems that Arizonans have been tellin' whoppers to newcomers much earlier. Latter-day liars would be hard pressed to match the native raconteurs … [Read more...]

Why is Tucson a Few Degrees Cooler than Phoenix?

Desert Sunset

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 June 13, 2001.) Q: If Tucson and Phoenix are both in the desert, why is it always just a little bit cooler in Tucson than it is in the Valley? A: Tucson is usually a little bit cooler than Phoenix because it is a … [Read more...]

The (Mis)Truth About Montezuma’s Castle

Montezuma Castle

Although the history of Montezuma Castle is pretty well documented, considering that nobody wrote down much of anything when it was a hot spot of ancestral civilization, there's this one thing that sticks out as a case of mistaken identity. Or make that, mistaken transplantation. Montezuma, the great Aztec leader, had no association whatsoever with the ruins that bear his … [Read more...]