Kofa Mountains Weren’t Always the “Kofa Mountains”

Kofa Mountains, southwestern Arizona, taken by Spirituscanis for Wikipedia.

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 April 6, 2003.) Q: What happened to the SH Mountains? I can’t find them on any maps anymore. A: Nothing happened to them. It’s not like they disappeared or something. It’s just that over the years they got renamed, … [Read more...]

The Big Indian Head of Winslow

Totem in Winslow

WINSLOW - Peter Wolf Toth arrived in Winslow in 1979, intent on adding one of his art works to the city's landscape. When he left about four months later, he had turned a single ponderosa pine log into a 30-foot tall Indian head, and he left it there for posterity. The work was one in Toth's series of giant heads that he carved in every state and four Canadian provinces. He … [Read more...]

Why Don’t Palm Trees Blow Down in the Wind?

Palm Trees

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 August 8, 2001.) Q: Why don’t palm trees blow down in strong wind as often as other trees do? A: I thought this was going to be an easy one, and I was prepared to pad it out with a lot of cheap jokes about my … [Read more...]

Arizona Geography Trivia: Can You Pass?

Test your knowledge of Arizona Geography 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. Did any answers surprise you? 1. Name one of three Arizona dams named after U.S. Presi­dents. 2. What … [Read more...]

Why Does Downtown Phoenix Seem to Have Two Downtowns?

City of Phoenix Downtown, AZ

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 March 12, 2000.) Q: Why does Phoenix seem to have two downtowns — one “downtown” and then another grouping of high-rises farther north along Central Avenue? A: Because many years ago, the city fathers and mothers … [Read more...]