How the Nermernuh (Comanche) Tribe Finally Got Respect

Excerpt from Arizoniana by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. Long before the white people migrated to the vast lands across the wide Missouri—and added a new dimension to the struggle for supremacy, native tribes battled continu­ously for the most desirable lands. As a rule, three things could happen to a weaker tribe and all were bad. At worst they were … [Read more...]

What Kind of Plant is a Tumbleweed?


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 15, 2002.) Q: Are tumbleweeds a specific plant or is that a generic term for any dead plant that is blown around by the wind? A: New to these parts, stranger? Actually, so are tumbleweeds, relatively … [Read more...]

Trivia on Arizona Cities & Towns: Can You Pass?

Arizona State Sign

Test your knowledge of cactus and wildlife of Arizona 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.  What Arizona city's name means big house? 2.  In what city … [Read more...]

The Wounded Goddess Atop the State Capitol Dome


PHOENIX - The white statue that has been a permanent fixture atop the State Capitol dome for more than a century goes by several names. She is called the Goddess of Victory, Statue of Justice and Winged Victory, but for a time the nickname Bullseye could have also been applied. The zinc goddess was cast in Ohio and purchased by the Territory of Arizona in 1898 for … [Read more...]