Arizona Oddities’ Top 10 Posts of 2013

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A special thank you to all of the new and loyal readers of Arizona Oddities. 2013 has been an exciting year in Arizona, and we look forward to 2014. Looking back, here's an overview of our most popular posts this year: How to Keep Scorpions Away from Your Home – There are about 35 species of scorpions in Arizona, but only five or six in the Phoenix area, including our … [Read more...]

The Red Garter: A Brothel Reborn in Williams

Red Garter B&B Inn

WILLIAMS -- From its earliest days until now, the Red Garter has been a labor of love. The early occupants sold love, and the early patrons bought love. Now John Holst takes care of it with loving  hands. The structure that houses the Red Garter Bed and Bakery was built in 1897 and served as a bordello for more than 40 years. The men drank on the first floor and the … [Read more...]

Arizona Oddities’ Favorite 13 Posts from 2013

Buildings at Robert L. Duffy High School in Phoenix are painted like planets. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

We offer a wide range of stories on Arizona Oddities catering to an eclectic group of fans from around the state. From history and recreation to artistic endeavors and those weird things you see along the highway, we’ve got it covered. Here, we’re showcasing our favorite 13 posts from 2013 (in no particular order). We also want to hear what you found most memorable. Please … [Read more...]

Time Takes a Rest at Skull Valley General Store

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SKULL VALLEY -- The Skull Valley General Store performs its "Symphony of the Floor Boards" almost every day. Years ago, all general stores had such melodies because they all had hardwood floors which squeaked under the footsteps of those who trod therein. It was (and is) a discordant kind of music. The beat and length of each selection depended on how far the squeakiest walked … [Read more...]

Amulet Mine a Surprising, Somewhat Painful Find

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LYNX CREEK -- One of the first things a miner should learn is to be careful where he puts his pick. As proof, consider an item from the May 13, 1899, edition of the Prescott Journal Miner concerning J.M. Moore and how he discovered the Amulet Mine. According to the report, Moore was prospecting on Lynx Creek when the heat and humidity got to him, so he took a brief rest. … [Read more...]