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.”

Eleanor Roosevelt Leads Sober Dedication of Douglas International Airport

Eleanor Roosevelt, 1932. Courtesy of United States Library of Congress.

DOUGLAS — The first North American international airport dedication ceremony was held in Douglas in 1933, and it was a non-alcoholic affair. The airport began operations in 1929 and had an international designation because it was connected to the airport in the border city of Agua Prieta, Mexico, by a common runway.

Living in the Round House in Mayer

Round house in Mayer. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

MAYER — When Bill and Debbie Burkett moved to Mayer several years ago, they wanted to build a different type of house, something that resembled a geodesic dome but not quite. So they opted for a home that looks like a triple-dip ice cream cone. Technically, it’s three monolithic domes.

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.

Grand Canyon Steam Engines Powered by Cooking Oil

Grand Canyon train

WILLIAMS — The old steam engines that once chugged and their way across the nation are, for the most part, relics of a bygone era. Most were turned into scrap metal or shipped off to railroad museums. But the Grand Canyon Railway owns two of the old iron behemoths and they both still run. But they don’t use coal and water…