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Arizona Fun Facts - Page 2

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Mattie EarpMattie Earp, Wyatt Earpís second wife, who was with him in Tombstone during the O.K. Corral gunfight committed suicide with an overdose of laudanum on July 3, 1888 in Pinal, Arizona. She was despondent because Earp had left her for another woman.

Grand Canyon's Disaster Falls was named to commemorate the site of a previous explorer's wreck.

The world's largest solar telescope is located at Kitts Peak National Observatory in the city of Sells.

At one time camels were used to transport goods across Arizona.

One must be 18 years old to buy spray paint in Tempe, Arizona.

Phoenix originated in 1866 as a hay camp to supply Camp McDowell.

Tombstone, Ruby, Gillette, and Gunsight are among the ghost towns scattered throughout the state.

The Grand Canyon is 227 miles long, 1 mile deep, and has an average width of 10 miles.

Navajo Community College in Tsaile, was the first college on an Indian reservation.

There is a possible 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus.

Arizona is roughly the size of Italy.

Arizona has more parks and national monuments than any other state, more mountains than Switzerland, and more golf courses than Scotland.

The famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral only lasted about thirty seconds.

The hottest recorded day in Phoenix was June 26, 1990, when the temperature hit 122 degrees.

The Saguaro Cactus blossom is the official state flower of Arizona. The white, funnel shaped, night blooming flowers, grow on the trunk and branches of the saguaro cactus during May and June. The red fruits of this largest American cactus are edible.

It is illegal in Tucson for women to wear pants.

In World War II, many Navajos enlisted as secret agents. Our enemies could never understand the Navajo language to learn our military secrets.

If you bother the cottontails or bullfrogs, in Hayden, Arizona, you will be fined.

The sun shines in southern Arizona 85% of the time, which is considerably more sunshine than Florida or Hawaii. high country.

 

In 1876 the Chiricahua Apache chief Geronimo began ten years of raids against white settlements when the U.S. government attempted to move his tribe from their traditional home in Arizona to a reservation in New Mexico.

The Navajo Reservation, the nation's largest reservation, lies primarily in Arizona and extends into Utah and New Mexico.
 

 

 

In Tombstone it is illegal for men and women over the age of 18 to have less than one missing tooth visible when smiling.

In Glendale, Arizona cars may not be driven in reverse.

Arizona Highways has an approximately 85% circulation rate outside of the state of Arizona.

Don't believe everything you hear. Legend has it that the barrel cactus is a good source of water in the desert. Well, you can try it, but you won't like it. The pulp can be crushed to create a liquid, but the juice would peel the hide off a Gila Monster.

It is illegal to hunt camels in the State of Arizona.

Arizona once had a navy consisting of two boats on the Colorado River. They were used to prevent California from encroaching on Arizona territory.

A saguaro cactus will take between 50 and 100 years to grow an arm. The saguaro cactus flower is the official state flower of Arizona.

An ordinance prohibits the wearing of suspenders in Nogales, Arizona.

 

 

Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated October, 2012.

 

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