Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Celebrating 100 Years Of Arizona Statehood

Today is a big day in our state.  We are celebrating 100 years of statehood. We are the last of the contiguous states to obtain statehood, being Number 48, February 14, 1912.

As I read about the history of Arizona, first as part of New Mexico, then becoming a territory, then a state, it becomes clear Arizona has a history of rabble rousers and gun slingers. It took over 50 years for Washington to decide we could become a state. The thing that tipped the scale was there was a need to transport gold from California to the rest of the states.

Arizona got it's name (most likely) from the Tohono O'odham Indians, meaning small springs. Others believe it was from parts of other Indian languages; "arid" and "zonash".

The state flag is one of the prettiest of all the states, I think. The bottom 1/3 is blue for  the blue sky, the top 2/3 is yellow and  red radiating out representing the sun. There are 13 "rays" for the original 13 colonies. The copper 5 pointed star in the center stand for the 5 C's in Arizona; copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate.

Did you know?
* We are known as the Grand Canyon State
* Arizona has the largest Indian tribe; the Navajo.
* Tequila comes from the native Arizona plant the blue agave.
* Arizona has the largest capitol city of all the states: Phoenix.
* The state bird is the cactus wren.
* The state tree is the palo verde (green trunk).
* Celebs that make Arizona home include(d): Alice Cooper, Stevie Nicks,  Glen Campbell, Hugh Downs, Erma Bombeck, Dan Quale, Barry Goldwater, Sandra Day O'Connor, Leona Helmsley, Leslie Nielson, Farah Faucett, Paul and Linda McCartney and a host of professional sports figures.
* The mighty Saquaro cactus, the largest cactus in the world, only grows in the Arizona desert.
* The city of Phoenix is named after a mythical bird.
* Hawaii and Arizona share one thing, neither switch to daylight savings time.
* The hottest temperature recorded in Arizona was 128 degrees. It was on June 28, 1994in the western part of the state.
* Phoenix has an average of 7 inches of annual rainfall.
*Phoenix boasts over 320 days of sunshine per year and is nicknamed "The Valley of the Sun."
* Phoenix boasts 14 Cactus League spring training camps for vaious baseball teams during the month of March. People come from all states to watch their favorite team get ready for the baseball season.

Arizona is known as the Valentine's Day gift to the USA!
Happy Birthday Arizona and Happy Valentine's Day!!  xoxo

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