Arizona is filled with peculiarities, weird stuff, unusual things, oddities, curiosities and that doesn’t even include a state legislature that passed a law naming the Colt .45 as the state’s official gun. Here are a few others worth mentioning:
- All of New England, plus Pennsylvania, would fit inside Arizona.
- Arizona’s wide range of climate can yield both the nation’s high temperature and low temperature on the same day. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the state was 128 degrees at Lake Havasu City on June 29, 1994. The lowest: 40 degrees below zero at Hawley Lake on Jan. 7, 1971.
- Arizona grows enough cotton each year to make more than one pair of jeans for every person in the United States, including those who try to fit a size 44 rear end into a size 36.
- Anyone who cuts down a protected species of cactus, particularly a saguaro, can be fined thousands of dollars and spend up to a year in jail.
- South Mountain Park/Preserve in Phoenix is the largest municipal park in the nation.
- The amount of copper used to create the dome atop the state’s capitol building in Phoenix could have been made into 4.8 million pennies.
- Wyatt Earp was neither the town marshall nor the sheriff of Tombstone at the time of the shootout at the OK Corral. His brother Virgil was town marshall.
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