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.

A Well-Traveled Dinosaur in Holbrook

Bronze dinosaur statue was donated to the City of Holbrook. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

HOLBROOK — A bronze statue of a dinosaur stands almost forlornly in Living West Park here. How it got there is an interesting story. It began in 1997 when the Lundeen family bought the sculpture in New York with the intention of converting it into an outdoor shower near the swimming pool.

In Memory of Mike, at Prescott’s Courthouse Plaza

Mike memorial at the Courthouse Plaza in Prescott. Photo Credit Violet Killen

PRESCOTT — The Courthouse Plaza, downtown Prescott’s centerpiece, is a square block that encompasses an old courthouse, a large gazebo, statues of heroes, and a small bronze plaque that honors the memory of a stray dog. is name was Mike but most people knew him as “the community mutt.”

Sedona’s Damfino Canyon Named After Mix-up

Damfino Canyon in Sedona. Photo Credit:

SEDONA — Many of the red rock formations that surround Sedona have earned their names by resembling such common items as a teapot, steamboat, merry-go-round and lizard head. But there’s nothing in official city history that explains Damfino Canyon. According to local legend, however, it happened this way…

Even More Odd Street Names in Sedona

Boynton Canyon Spire, Kachina Woman

SEDONA — A recent Arizona Oddities entry listing peculiar street names in Sedona drew responses from numerous readers. Mike Peach commented that all the streets in west Sedona have one name if you go north — but a different name if you go south. “It might have been that this dual-naming gave the illusion of being a larger community,” Peach wrote.