Mysterious Arrow Tree Sticks out on Coronado Scenic Byway Trail

Arrow Tree

The Coronado Scenic Byway Trail – Highway 191 – is among Arizona’s great scenic drives, snaking through the dense wilderness of the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest in the eastern part of the state. Also called the Devil’s Highway and once referred to as Highway 666, this roadway is as famous for its steep grades and hairpin turns as it is for the surrounding beauty. Among … [Read more...]

The Story of Charles Poston: The “Father of Arizona”

Charles Poston

Excerpt from Arizoniana by Marshall Trimble, the state’s official historian. On the morning of March 10, 1856, Capt. Hilarion Garcia and his company of soldiers stood at attention while the tri­colors of the Mexican Republic were lowered for the last time over the tiny presidio at Tucson. It had been two years since the United States had purchased the land from Mexico, but … [Read more...]

Black Canyon City Artist Transformed Gasoline Storage Tanks into Sculptures

Gasoline Tank Art

BLACK CANYON CITY -- Wesley Smith became an artist by accident. It all started when he began collecting 10,000-gallon gasoline storage tanks, then got a boost when his kids bought him a new cutting torch. Smith helped remove the old tanks from one-time gas stations and kept them on his property. When authorities told him they had to be moved, he used his new cutting torch … [Read more...]

Look! It’s a Tractorsicle!

Tractor on a pole in Glendale. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

GLENDALE -- Larry Rovey said the reason for the tractor on the flagpole is simple -- he always wanted to see what it would look like if he put one up there. The tractor is a 1920s Farmall Regular, and it's mounted on the flagpole in front of Rovey Dairy in Glendale. It rises about 20 feet off the ground on a steel post that used to be a utility pole. The area below the … [Read more...]

The Totem Monument in Strawberry

Totem memorializing long-time Strawberry resident Ernest Ralls. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

STRAWBERRY  -- Here among the tall pines of Arizona, there stands a totem pole in memory of Ernest Ralls, a member of the citizenry. During his lifetime, Ralls expressed a desire to own a totem pole, and the urge became so strong that he hired Arizona woodcarver John Quick to create one from a tree that had been killed by lightning. It stands about 25 feet tall and features a … [Read more...]