Trivia on Arizona’s Notable People: Can You Pass?

Arizona State Map

Test your knowledge of Arizona’s people and history with this quick 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. Good luck, this one is tricky! Who is Cara Jackson? What trailblazer had a mountain, a stream … [Read more...]

Recipe: Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeños

Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos

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   Recipe: … [Read more...]

Walter Swan Created One Unique Way to Sell Books in Bisbee

Walter Swan in Bisbee Gazette

BISBEE -- Long after his death, the folks in Bisbee still talk about Walter Swan and his One Book Bookstore. Swan became sort of a folk hero in the mid-1970s when he wrote a book entitled "Me 'n' Henry," a compilation of stories about growing up in Arizona when much of it was still relatively uncivilized. But he couldn't find a publisher, so he paid a Tucson business $650 to … [Read more...]

Hobo Joe Still Stands Tall in Buckeye

Hobo Joe

BUCKEYE -- When he was at the peak of his career, Hobo Joe stood tall and beckoned the hungry to dine at an eatery bearing his name. He was one of several large figures spread across the United States back in the 1950s to advertise the chain. But when the restaurants went out of business, Hobo Joe was left destitute. Many of his fellow greeters were destroyed; this particular … [Read more...]

Can You Get a Sunburn Under Water?

boy in pool

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 August 17, 2001.) Q: We are recent transplants to Arizona from Washington, where it rains a lot, so we never had to worry about this before: Can you get sunburned under the water? A: I will answer that in a moment, … [Read more...]