Get a Whiff of This Old Arizona Party Spot

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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

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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

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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...]

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...]

Keeping the Riverbanks Lighted in Lake Havasu City

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LAKE HAVASU CITY -- Although it's in the desert, many miles from any ocean, Lake Havasu City has something in common with the rocky coastlines of New England and the shores of the American West Coast. They all have lighthouses. The major difference is that those in and around Lake Havasu City are half-scale models. Built and paid for by local residents, each lighthouse is … [Read more...]