Arizona Oddities’ Favorite 10 Posts of 2014
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Here, we’re showcasing our favorite 10 posts from 2014 (in no particular order). We also want to hear what you found most memorable. Please leave us a comment with your favorites.
- How Often Does a Century Plant Bloom? – In the case of the century plant, it’s name is actually misnomer. Contrary to popular belief, a century plant does not bloom every 100 years. Part of the agave family, a century plant typically lives 10 to 30 years, flowering only once at the end of its life. Other interesting facts include…
- 4 (Somewhat) Hidden Gems in the Scottsdale Area – Scottsdale hotspots extend far beyond shopping destinations, resorts, golf and spas. Here, we’re highlighting several special, lesser-known attractions that deserve some recognition.
- How Folks Kept Cool in Old Arizona – 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.
- Arizona Prospector Seeks Scientific Proof of Soul – The Great Soul Trial of 1967 had nothing to do with tryouts for a gospel singing group. Instead, it was a legal attempt to prove the existence of a human soul. And, not surprisingly, there was a lot of money involved.
- Keeping the Riverbanks Lighted in 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.
- The Story of Teresa Urrea, Mexican Healer and Miracle Worker – In one corner of the Clifton Cemetery, an unmarked grave silently braves the blistering sun, surrounded by wrought iron fencing. It houses the remains of Teresa Urrea. She is mostly forgotten today, but in her lifetime she was considered a saint by many and a rabble rouser by others.
- The Mine That Ate an Arizona Town – If you ever dug up your mom’s garden with a tin scoop shovel and hauled the dirt away in a toy dump truck, you might want to look down into the Morenci Mine and appreciate what grownups can do with real tools. The open pit copper mine is one of the largest man-made holes in the world.
- Why Why is Why – Many years ago, Peggy and Jim Kater homesteaded at the base of the Little Ajo Mountains near the junction of State Routes 65 and 86. Because the junction formed a Y-intersection, they simply called their place “the Y.” Eventually, the Y attracted so many other residents that the community needed a post office.
- Golfing on the (Oiled Sands in 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.
- Sing High Chop Suey House Named by Mistake – The Sing High Chop Suey House has been in Phoenix for about 80 years, which makes it an institution. But despite its longevity, the restaurant is a bit of a mistake.
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