Golfing on the (Oiled) Sands in Apache Junction

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APACHE JUNCTION -- There are almost 200 golf courses in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Snake Hole Golf and Country Club isn't one of them because its members march to the beat of a different five-iron. It's a nine-hole, par 29 course, the longest hole is just over 100 feet, and all its greens are small. And they're all brown because they're made of sand, not grass. In … [Read more...]

The Story Behind Salome’s Fighting Frogs

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SALOME -- The Salome High School teams are probably the only athletes in the country nicknamed the Fighting Frogs. It's a tribute to a legendary frog that never learned how to swim. The non-aquatic amphibian was the brainchild of Dick Wick Hall, a humorist and country philosopher who came to Salome early in the twentieth century and gave the community its name. He also … [Read more...]

World’s Largest Pipe Organ Delights Pizza Lovers in Mesa

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MESA – Organ Stop Pizza possesses all the ingredients of a great pizza parlor, yet people aren’t just drawn here for the Spicy Italian or Hawaiian pies. They are mesmerized by the melodies of The Mighty Wurlitzer – the world’s largest pipe organ. This massive instrument boasts some 6,000 pipes and requires four huge turbine blowers to operate. The console sits on an … [Read more...]

The World’s Largest and Smallest… Funky Claims to Fame in Arizona

Fountain in Fountain Hills, Arizona

Arizona has some truly one-of-a-kind wonders and quirky artistic endeavors, several of which have earned the titles of world’s largest or smallest. Below, we’re sharing some of our favorites. Do you know of any other “worldly” oddities? Leave us comment with your thoughts. World’s Largest Kokopelli in Camp Verde CAMP VERDE — The world’s largest kokopelli, commonly known … [Read more...]

One Thousand Tumbleweeds Needed for Chandler Christmas Tree

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CHANDLER -- This city may be the only one in the nation facing a shortage of materials required for building a Christmas tree. Every year since 1957,  Chandler has erected a Christmas tree composed entirely of tumbleweeds, chicken wire and paint. Starting in mid-November, the wire is shaped into a 30-foot cone, and more than a thousand dried tumbleweeds are inserted into the … [Read more...]