Leo, the Lost Lion near Tonto Creek

Side view of a Lion walking, Panthera Leo, 10 years old, isolated on white

Charles Lindbergh once inadvertently caused a lion roundup in Arizona's Mazatzal Mountains. In the summer of 1927, MGM Studios hired a stunt pilot to fly Leo, the studio's trademark lion, on a non-stop flight from Los Angeles to New York in an effort to capitalize on the publicity surrounding Lindbergh's successful solo Atlantic crossing. The movie-makers duplicated his plane, … [Read more...]

A Beer Between the Forked Tree in Flagstaff

The Museum Club

FLAGSTAFF -- The Museum Club was beset with a diminishing history for years after it opened in 1931. It was first billed as "the biggest log cabin in the world." Later, it was downsized to "the biggest log cabin in the nation." But eventually, it became "the biggest log cabin in Arizona." Regardless of all that, one thing remains constant -- the front entryway is still the … [Read more...]

A Graveyard for Winged Warriors in Tucson

B-1 Bombers in storage at The Boneyard. Photo from Wikipedia.org.

TUCSON -- Where to old airplanes go to die? The Boneyard. Officially known as the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, the Boneyard is a central depot for U.S. military planes that have been taken out of service and put into storage. More than 5,000 of them now sit on 2,600 acres in the desert near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on the outskirts of … [Read more...]

Georgia O’Keeffe Behind Logo of Tucson Icon

Ghost Ranch Lodge

TUCSON -- The great artist Georgia O'Keeffe probably wouldn't have liked the way it turned out, but her onetime act of kindness resulted in one of her artworks becoming a logo for a motel. Her rendering of a white cow skull on a black background hangs on two signs at the Ghost Ranch Lodge at 801 E. Miracle Mile Road. O'Keeffe created the work in 1936 and give it -- and the … [Read more...]

Creation Painted at El Coronado Ranch

Painting of the Creation at El Coronado Ranch. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

Near PEARCE - Turkey Creek and the dirt road named after it aren't what one might consider ideal sites for fine art, but there's some there anyway. It's inside a small church on the El Coronado Ranch, and it was placed there by Valer Austin, owner of the ranch and church along with her husband Josiah. The chapel measures 20 by 15 feet and contains a wondrous fresco that … [Read more...]