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

diving lady

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.

Sing High Chop Suey House Named by Mistake

Sing High was supposed to be named Shanghai.

PHOENIX — The Sing High Chop Suey House has been in Phoenix for about 80 years, which makes it an institution. But despite its longevity, the restaurant is a bit of a mistake. It came about this way: In 1928, Fred Lee migrated to Phoenix from China and opened a restaurant.

How Folks Kept Cool in Old Arizona

Desert Sunset

People often ask, “How did you survive the hot summers in the Valley before air conditioning?” Best answer I can think of is we didn’t know what we were missing. Here are some ways people coped with our heat in the good ole’ days.

What Happens When You Drop a 2,500-Pound Rubberband Ball from a Plane?

Rubberband Ball

KINGMAN — Sometimes, the ball just doesn’t bounce the way it should. At least, it didn’t for Tony Evans, who came to Arizona to test the theory that if a huge ball composed entirely of rubber bands was dropped from a great height, it would bounce high into the sky.