Diamond Fields in Arizona?

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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 20, 2002.) Q: I have an 1891 map that shows an area in northeastern Arizona as “Diamond Fields.” Have diamonds been found in this area, and if so, are diamonds mined there now? A: This turned out to be … [Read more...]

Early Political Shenanigans: How Phoenix Became the Capital of Arizona

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Excerpt from Arizoniana by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. Territorial citizens took great delight applying social acupuncture to local politicos. It's been said with dubious pride that Arizona had some of the finest legislators money could buy. Old timers around Jerome used to say that every time the subject of a bullion tax would come up before the … [Read more...]

Greenway Road Named After Hero with Remarkable Wife

Isabella S. Greenway

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 17, 2002.) Q: Is Greenway Road named for someone or is the name meant to be descriptive? Most of it doesn’t seem very green, although it does have some nice parts. A: Well, even the dullest and drabbest of … [Read more...]

The “Blow Hole” of Wupatki National Monument

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WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT -- Absorbed as they are by the magnificence of the scenery surrounding them, most people who visit these ancient ruins walk right past "the blow hole" because it looks more like a square sandstone bench than part of an archeological dig. Located near the ceremonial ball court east of the major ruins, the blow hole is a crevice in the earth's crust that … [Read more...]

The Escape of Desperado Augustine Chacon

Augustine Chacon

Excerpt from Arizoniana by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. Augustine Chacon was one of the last of the hard-ridding desperados who rode the owl-hoot trail in Arizona around the turn of the century. Chacon was a resident of Sonora but did most of his mischief in Arizona, leading his gang on far flung forays of pillage and plunder. One time Chacon and his … [Read more...]