Walter the Bus is One Huge Gas Guzzler

Walter the Bus

SCOTTSDALE -- Some days, while driving east on Thomas Road near 64th Street and the canal, you might see Walter the Bus sitting in front of what once served as a lumber yard. Walter is not your usual people-moving form of transportation. He looks like a Volkswagen bus on steroids. He stands nearly 15 feet tall, is painted psychedelic yellows, reds and purples, and resembles a … [Read more...]

Unusual Grave Marker for an Ajo Teacher

Grave Marker

AJO -- During his lifetime, Louis Conde was known as a teacher with unusual ideas, particularly for the early years of the 20th century. After he died in 1931, his wife decided that his teachings shouldn't end with his death, so she had some of them placed on his grave marker -- in an unusual fashion. She commissioned a six-foot stone cross to serve as his headstone. Even … [Read more...]

A Lumpy Goose Sculpture in Arivaca

Lumpy Goose Sculpture

ARIVACA -- Main Street here runs about three blocks long with little to distinguish it from major thoroughfares in other small towns. But the community does have a goose sculpture, and it is a very lumpy goose. Created by the late Robert Friccione, it sits in front of an art gallery and serves as its sign. Friccione was well-known in the area for the benches he created. He … [Read more...]

Tucson Home Surrounded by Styrofoam Desert Scenes

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TUCSON -- In a roundabout way, a burglar was Gary Morrow's inspiration when he set out to create a work of art. After his truck was broken into in 2008, his wife said she wanted a wall around their property, so he set out to fulfill her wishes. Armed with Styrofoam, rebar, aluminum foil, stucco, chicken wire, railroad spikes cactus skeletons and his imagination, Morrow began … [Read more...]

Where is Black Canyon… as in Black Canyon Highway?

Black Canyon snakes below the Bradshaw Mountains, west of the Sunset Point rest stop on I-17 between New River and Cordes Junction. Photo credit: Kevin Korycanek

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 November 18, 2001.) Q: Where exactly is Black Canyon, anyway? A: Which one? I found four Black Canyons in Arizona Names, X Marks the Spot, which is a really swell book, by the way. In fact, there are about six pages … [Read more...]