What Causes “Pool of Water” Reflections on the Road?

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 May 6, 2003.) Q: On a cross-country trip, my husband and I started wondering about those “pool of water” reflections on the road ahead. What causes that? A: These travelers have seen, as we all have, a very common … [Read more...]

How Miners Dug Gold in Old Arizona

gold mine

Excerpt from “Arizoniana” by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. "I'm a hardrock miner an' I ain't afeard of ghosts But my neck hair bristles like a prospector's quills An' I knock my knuckles on the drift-set posts When the Tommyknockers hammer on the caps an' sills An' raise hallelujah with my pick and drills." Back in 1850, when the New Mexico territory … [Read more...]

Pauline Weaver: The Story of Prescott’s First Citizen

Pauline Weaver

Excerpt from “Arizoniana” by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. When old Joe Walker, a big, strapping, ex-mountain man, and his party of prospectors arrived at Granite Creek in the Spring of 1863, another old mountain man, Pauline Weaver, was already camped there. The area where the future territorial capital city of Prescott would be founded was the stomping … [Read more...]

Are Horny Toads Disappearing from Phoenix?

Horny Toad

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 April 21, 2002.) Q: When I was a kid growing up in Phoenix there used to be horny toads everywhere. I even had a pet horny toad. Now I never see them. What happened to all the horny toads? A: You had a pet horny … [Read more...]