Those Bombastic Frontier Gazettes and Their Irrepressible Fighting Editors!

Arizona's First Printing Press in Tubac, Tubac Presidio Museum

Excerpt from In Old Arizona by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. Following that magnetic trail west and hot on the harbingering heels of fur trappers, prospectors, cowboys, merchants, politicians and preachers, were frontier fourth estaters armed with crude little hand presses and big-time dreams. Wherever folks wandered in the rugged, vast lands of the … [Read more...]

Hamburger Calico Beans Recipe

Lima Beans

About once a month, we’re bringing you a scrumptious and doable recipe with a southwestern flare. This recipe was originally published in Clay Thompson's Enormously Big Official Valley 101 Cookbook. Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? Whether you’re a professional chef or home cook, we want to hear from you. Submit to info@arizonaoddities.com. Hamburger Calico Beans … [Read more...]

Prospector Joe Mulhatton Known for His (Very) Tall Tales

tall saguaro

Excerpt from In Old Arizona by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. Prospector Joe Mulhatton was a popular burlesquer of facts in Arizona around the turn of the century. Newspapers at the time were more blunt: they called him the most "artistic and consistent liar ever turned loose on a nation." Mulhatton kept a bevy of newspaper editors busy reporting his … [Read more...]

Meet Georgette, the Scrap Pile Camel of Quartzsite

Scap pile camel

QUARTZSITE -- Camels play a big role in this community's history, so it's no wonder that camel replicas pop up all over town. The most recent addition isn't actually new; it has simply returned from the dead. Or, in this case, the scrap heap. They call her Georgette, and she's easy to spot because she's a brilliant red. Not only that, her body is made of car tire rims, … [Read more...]