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.

How Folks Kept Cool in Old Arizona

Desert Sunset

People often ask, “How did you survive the hot summers in the Valley before air conditioning?” Best answer I can think of is we didn’t know what we were missing. Here are some ways people coped with our heat in the good ole’ days.

Mow the Lake?

Coolidge Dam

SAN CARLOS RESERVATION — In the 1920s, the federal government decided Arizona needed another dam. Surveyors picked a site on the Reservation, and when the new barrier was completed, they named it Coolidge Dam, after the incumbent president, who actually showed up for the dedication ceremony.

Clifton Flood Gate (Almost) Put to the Test

Flood gate in Clifton. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

CLIFTON — The folks in Clifton have finally seen their flood gate in action, but nobody’s certain even yet whether or not it will hold back the waters. After the San Francisco River overran its banks and flooded the community twice in the 1970s and again in 1983, the Army Corps of Engineers and the state of Arizona developed a levee system…

Artistic Flood Prevention in Clifton

Flood gate in Clifton. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

CLIFTON — The southern portion of Clifton suffered major damage when the San Francisco River overran its banks twice in the 1970s and again in 1983. To remedy that, the Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Arizona developed a levee system to serve as flood control. But the levee had to cross State Route 75, Clifton’s main street.