Orme Dam Days Missing the Dam

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FORT McDOWELL RESERVATION — As a rule, annual celebrations are held to observe some historic remembrance, great feat or outstanding deed that occurred on a particular date years ago. But the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation puts on Orme Dam Days because Orme Dam never happened.

Caring for Creepy Crawlers in Apache Junction

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APACHE JUNCTION — Creepy crawly things don’t bother Zach Ziesing. He just lets them creep and crawl down his arms and across his hands and he doesn’t even flinch or worry about warts. Ziesing is the proprietor of the Superstition Serpentarium at Goldfield Ghost Town, a tourist attraction east of Apache Junction.

How Often Does a Century Plant Bloom?

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In the case of the century plant, it’s name is actually misnomer. Contrary to popular belief, a century plant does not bloom every 100 years. Part of the agave family, a century plant typically lives 10 to 30 years, flowering only once at the end of its life. Other interesting facts include:

Pick Mining for Peridot on the San Carlos Apache Reservation

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PERIDOT — Several roads lead to the world’s largest deposit of peridot but less than half of them actually lead to the mine itself. They do, however, lead to roads that might lead to the mine. But once there, there’s no actual mine…

Drink Like an Arabian Prince in Dateland

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DATELAND — It turns out that there is a definite connection between royalty and date milk shakes. Milk shake consumers from around the world make that discovery when they visit the Dateland Travel Centers, one of the few stop-offs between Gila Bend and Yuma.