Cornville Named After Post Office Mistake

Cornville

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.

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.