Weaver’s Needle and the Deadly Gold of the Superstitions

Weaver's Needle, Superstition Mountains

Since 1870, when stories about the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains became a standard item in Arizona folklore, some 40 people have either disappeared or been found dead in and around the suspected location of the mine. The stories about the fabulously wealthy cache of gold supposedly hidden in the mountains are many and varied, but there's always once constant … [Read more...]

Butter Sticks Are Different in Arizona and the East Coast?

Butter Stick

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 February 11, 2001.) Q: Why are sticks of butter sold here not the same as butter sold in the East? The Arizona kind is shorter and fatter. It doesn’t fit on the butter trays I bought years ago in Connecticut. A: We … [Read more...]

Roosevelt Dam Key to Valley Population Boom

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Paula, an Arizona Oddities reader, recently inquired about the history and creation of Roosevelt Dam. While that's quite a long story with several sides, we've done our best to summarize a few key points in a short blog post. Whenever I have questions like this about Arizona history, I go to Arizona Oddities contributor and all-around-AZ-expert Marshall Trimble. I asked him … [Read more...]

Uncle Jim: The Last of Arizona’s Bonafide Gunfighters

Wild West Gun Revolver

Excerpt from Arizoniana by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. The Old West was fading from reality into the realm of myth by the mid-1920s. Most of the bonafide gunfighters were gone and Hollywood took up the chore of telling how it really was. Tom Mix was earning over $17,000 a week performing super-human feats from atop his famous horse, Tony, and the public … [Read more...]

Wickenburg’s New Permanent Residents

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WICKENBURG - Seven new residents have moved (or been moved) into Wickenburg and they're permanent in the strictest sense of the word. They stand along the main thoroughfares as reminders of the city's heritage as one of the last vestiges of the Old West. They never move, never blink, never mind posing for tourist cameras. They can't because they're bronze sculptures, … [Read more...]