Odd, Giant Ball Greets Drivers Entering Superior

Giant Ball Near Superior

SUPERIOR -- Those who slow down as they enter Superior frequently notice an odd-looking structure on the south side of the road, right in Ally Hinn's backyard. It's made of steel girders and reinforcing rods, has stood in the same place for almost 20 years, and resembles a giant ball with lumpy sides or an unfinished geodesic dome. It is neither. Hinn says it's a … [Read more...]

The Dinosaurs of Holbrook

Dinosaurs of Holbrook

HOLBROOK -- Millions of years ago, dinosaurs were common across the flatlands that now encompass this city. But they disappeared. A couple decades ago, several small-scale dinosaurs appeared along Interstate 40 near this city. But they also vanished. Holbrook, however, maintains a strong relationship with the big earth-stompers because some of them are still visible. The … [Read more...]

How to Keep Javelinas Away from Your Yard


Excerpt from Valley 101: The Great Big Book of Life, a collection of Clay Thompson’s columns for The Arizona Republic. (Originally published September 7, 2001.) Q: We have a herd of javelinas that have decided to come down to a common area in our neighborhood directly behind our house and use it for a latrine. If you’ve never smelled javelina poop, it’s something else. Is … [Read more...]

Arizona History Trivia 2: Can You Pass?

Arizona State Map

Test your knowledge of Arizona history with this quick quiz, originally published in Marshall Trimble’s Official Arizona Trivia. This set of trivia is a little trickier than most on Arizona Oddities, so let us know how you fare! Don’t scroll down too quickly. The answers are posted shortly below the questions. When you’re finished, leave a comment with your score. Good … [Read more...]

Green Chile Chicken Stew Recipe

Green Chiles

Once a month, we’re bringing you a scrumptious and “doable” recipe with a southwestern flare. This one was originally published in Clay Thompson’s Enormously Big Official Valley 101 Cookbook. Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? We just might feature that too. Submit to info@arizonaoddities.com. Green Chile Chicken Stew Recipe 6 boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts 4 … [Read more...]