Cornville Named After Post Office Mistake


CORNVILLE — This pleasant little community in Yavapai County got its current name due to an error committed by the U.S. Post Office Department in Washington, D.C. The original name for the location was Pitchner Place and a post office was established in 1885. As a settlement formed around the site, the residents figured Pitchner Place didn’t have the proper appeal.

Pipe Spring National Monument Named After Sharpshooter Feat

Windsor Castle located at Pipe Spring National Monument in northwest Arizona. Source: Wikipedia

PIPE SPRING NATIONAL MONUMENT — William Hamblin, also known as “Gunlock Bill,” was a sharpshooter who arrived in the area with an advance party in 1858. Hamblin’s ability with a rifle was a prime source of income for him and his associates, who wagered that he could shoot a hole through a kerchief from 50 yards away.

There’s No Bull in Bullhead City

Bullhead City along Colorado River. Courtesy of Stan Shebs.

BULLHEAD CITY — The reason behind this city’s rather uncommon name is just a vague memory in the minds of old timers. Years ago, it was just a private development along the Colorado River in Mohave County, occupied by a gas station and a few houses. A large stone formation that, when viewed from the proper angle, resembled a horned bull sat in the river and became an important symbol for the area.

The Return of the Iconic Diving Lady in Mesa

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MESA — For more than a half-century, the Diving Lady was a splashy neon icon along US 60. But her glory days apparently ended in 2010 when a windstorm knocked her off her board, shattering the neon tubes that had flickered on and off as she performed her three-stage dive for decades.

Golfing on the (Oiled) Sands in Apache Junction

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APACHE JUNCTION — There are almost 200 golf courses in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Snake Hole Golf and Country Club isn’t one of them because its members march to the beat of a different five-iron.