Test your knowledge of Arizona history with this short 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.
- What was Papago Park in Phoenix used for in the 1940s?
- Name one of two Arizona governors to die in office.
- For how many years was Tucson the capital of Arizona?
- In what decade was Hoover Dam started and completed?
- What was the “Lost Dutchman’s” name?
- Name the brothers who took the first motion pictures of the Grand Canyon.
- What were the mysterious cities of gold called by the Spaniards?
- Name Tombstone’s famous photographer who was later a sheriff of Cochise County.
- Who was Arizona governor immediately preceding Rose Mofford?
- Of whom are Arizona’s two authorized statues in Statuary Hall in the Capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C.?
- What group of people dug the Mesa Canal and established a farming community in the 1890s?
- What was James Addison Reavis better known as?
- Who operated a ferry on the upper Colorado near Page until his execution by a firing squad?
- From whom did the Apache Indians get their first horses?
- When told all Arizona needed to make it a decent place was a few good people and water, what famous general replied, “That’s all hell needs!”?
- What was the original name of Seligman?
- What great institution sits on land donated by a saloonkeeper and two gamblers?
- In what town did the famous “six gun classic” shootout occur between Joe Phy and Pete Gabriel?
- Prisoner of War camp
- Sidney P. Osborn (1948) and Wesley Bolin (1978)
- Ten (1867 – 1877)
- 1930s (1931-1936)
- Jacob Waltz
- Emery and Ellsworth Kolb
- Seven Cities of Cibola
- S. Fly (Camillus S. Fly)
- Evan Mecham
- Father Kino and John Greenway
- Mormon colonists from Utah
- The Baron of Arizona. He tried to swindle the government out of nearly 12 million acres on a phony Spanish land grant.
- John Doyle Lee (1877)
- General William T. Sherman during a summer visit in the 1880s
- Prescott Junction
- University of Arizona
- Florence (1888)