Why are Phoenix and Tucson so Different?

Arizona Map with Tucson and Phoenix

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 7, 2001.) Q: My grandpa and grandma live in Tucson, and when we visit them, I always wonder why are Phoenix and Tucson so different? A: This is an excellent question. The answer would fill a volume or two, … [Read more...]

The Story of Sarah Bowman: Yuma’s First Citizen Left a Lasting Impression

Excerpt from Arizoniana by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. One of the most colorful ladies who ever rode the old West was Sarah Bowman of Yuma. She didn't fit the common frontier stereotype woman—calico dress, sunbonnet and a youngster hanging on each arm with another tugging at her skirt. In fact, there wasn't anything common about Sarah. They called her … [Read more...]

The Story Behind Cudia Neighborhood in Phoenix

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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 January 20, 2000.) Q: I recently moved to the area of 40th Street and Camelback Road and my new neighbors tell me it’s the Cudia neighborhood, but I can’t seem to find out the origin of the name. Can you help? A: … [Read more...]

Origin of Old Arizona’s Railways

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Excerpt from Arizoniana by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. The Southern Pacific railroad stretched its steel ribbons across Arizona in the late 1870s, reaching Tucson in March, 1880. The rail station nearest Phoenix was 35 miles to the south at Maricopa. From the beginning, local citizens began clamoring for a railroad. Despite the fact that thousands of … [Read more...]

How to Keep Scorpions Away from Your Home

Weather stripping and caulking and can prevent scorpions from entering your home. iStock

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 18, 1999.) Q: Help! My house is overrun with scorpions, and I hate them. A: How ungracious of you. First of all, the scorpions were here first, and secondly, they absolutely adore you. And what do they get … [Read more...]