Arizona Historical Society Celebrates Day of the Dead in New Exhibit

Day of the Dead

The Dia de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that can be traced back hundreds of years. It brings family and friends together to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed away. Taking place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, this holiday is marked with rich and artistic traditions, such as decorating graves and sugar skulls, and dining on elaborate family … [Read more...]

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. She beckoned drivers who passed by the Starlite Motel until the wind toppled the 78-foot pole … [Read more...]

The Story Behind Salome’s Fighting Frogs

Salome Frog Mascot

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...]

Phoenix Freeway Pots Cause a Stir

Phoenix Freeway Pot

PHOENIX -- The official name of the art project is "Wall Cycle to Ocotillo," but to most, they're "the Freeway Pots" and they caused quite a fuss when they were installed back in 1992, when the city laid out $474,000 for an arts project designed to enhance the Squaw Peak Parkway (since renamed the Piestewa Parkway). It was the city's first attempt at highway … [Read more...]

Canaan in the Desert Offers Roadside Refuge

Sculpture at Canaan in the Desert in Phoenix. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

Arizona's roadside refuges offer peace, quiet and a place for inner reflection, should there be a need. They're located all across the state, in small towns and large cities. One of my favorites is the Garden of Jesus' Suffering and His Resurrection in Phoenix, which offers a walking tour into serenity. Located at Canaan in the Desert (9489 N. 40th St.), the garden sends … [Read more...]