The Fabulous Lost Adams Diggins

Gold Nugget

Excerpt from Arizona Adventure by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. Somewhere out in these rugged mountains, just maybe, lies the greatest lost mine of 'em all, The Lost Adams. According to legend a sheer canyon wall with a huge boulder at the base hides a narrow opening into a Z-shaped canyon, called by the Apaches, Sno-ta-hay. This hidden canyon opens up … [Read more...]

How to Grow a Mesquite Tree

Mesquite Tree

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 19, 2002.) Q: I’d like to plant some mesquite, but I’ve heard they sprout best after passing through the alimentary canal of a bird or a cow or some other animal. Without such an animal, will they still … [Read more...]

Arizona’s First Christmas in the Pines

campfire pot

Excerpt from Arizoniana by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. The first recorded Christmas in Arizona, north of the Gila River, took place in 1853 at the foot of the snowy San Francisco Peaks. And it was a wild and woolly affair. The celebrants were the Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, their military escorts and helpers who were, at the time, mapping a … [Read more...]

Tanks by the Road in Bouse

Tank by Bouse

BOUSE -- Regardless of which way you're headed, State Route 72 enters and exits Bouse in less than ten minutes. It would be easy to miss the whole town if it weren't for the enormous pieces of military equipment sitting in a little park alongside the road. There are two of them. One is a M60 Patton Tank. The other one looks like a tank but it's actually an M109 self-propelled … [Read more...]