World’s Largest Petrified Tree in Holbrook

World's Largest Petrified Tree in Holbrook

JOSEPH CITY -- The folks at Geronimo Indian Store don't have to worry about anybody walking off with their prize attraction because most people aren't capable of picking up a 45-ton piece of petrified wood. Even if they had a crane or a bulldozer, that chunk of rock ain't going no place. Billed as the "world's largest petrified tree," it was dug up from a gravel pit … [Read more...]

Stay in a Tepee in Holbrook

Wigman Motel in Holbook, Arizona

HOLBROOK -- The Wigwam Motel is where memories are born and people from all over the world still carry them around. The motel has 15 units, each shaped like a tepee. It was built by Chester Lewis in 1950 and each unit still has its original furniture, including two full-sized beds, plus a television set capable of receiving at least 50 channels. But there are no … [Read more...]

Get a Whiff of This Old Arizona Party Spot


PINAL MOUNTAINS -- Despite its name, Limburger Rock was, for many years, a popular gathering place in the Pinal Mountains. It received the aromatic title in 1910 during a stag party sponsored by an ice cream parlor in Globe. Attendees were charged $1 each and the price of admission got them beer, food and entertainment. As the party progressed and the beer flowed freely, one … [Read more...]

The Legend of How Eloy Got Its Name


ELOY -- Sometimes, a legend is to good to let die, even though there's nothing to support it as truth. One of them is the story of how Eloy got its name. According to "Arizona Place Names" by Will Barnes, the area was named Eloy when a railroad was established but the reasons for the designation were unclear. Later, developers bought some of the land and subdivided an area … [Read more...]

How Nutrioso Got Its Name


NUTRIOSO -- This Apache County community, located at the south end of Dry Valley, got its name because the Spanish settlers who first arrived in the area disposed of some native wildlife. One was a beaver ("nutria" in Spanish); the other was a bear ("oso" in Spanish). The village eventually became a safe haven for Mormon settlers seeking refuge from marauding Native … [Read more...]