History UsefulNotes / Arizona

3rd May '17 9:10:35 AM ctempire
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First, let's start off by explaining the significance of this state. Arizona doesn't have the same rate of entertainment born from there like the neighboring state of California. In other words, Arizona is not a place with nothing at all. Its capital, Phoenix, is already among the largest cities in the United States, and it's the biggest capital overall.[[note]]For folks not from America, it's sort of an American tradition for the state capital to be a dinky small-to-mid-sized city that nobody's ever heard of. Of 50 states, only 14 have capitals that are also the largest city--and of those, there are only six (Phoenix, Arizona; UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, Massachusetts; UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, Georgia; UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}, Colorado; Salt Lake City, UsefulNotes/{{Utah}}; and Honolulu, UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}) that anyone out-of-state has really heard of.[[/note]] The mining industry fuels commercial growth throughout the state, where the predominant mineral extracted is copper, earning the state the nickname "the Copper state". Although as copper has declined, the real economic powerhouse has increasingly become real estate. Arizona is also known as a major state for retirees to move to so they can avoid winters in the Midwest or Northeast of the United States and much of Arizona's tourism industry caters to them.

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First, let's start off by explaining the significance of this state. Arizona doesn't have the same rate of entertainment born from there Arizona, given its stereotypical desert image, may not for some be very fascinating like the neighboring state of California. In other words, But Arizona is not a place with nothing at all. Its capital, Phoenix, is already among the largest cities in the United States, and it's the biggest capital overall.[[note]]For folks not from America, it's sort of an American tradition for the state capital to be a dinky small-to-mid-sized city that nobody's ever heard of. Of 50 states, only 14 have capitals that are also the largest city--and of those, there are only six (Phoenix, Arizona; UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, Massachusetts; UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, Georgia; UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}, Colorado; Salt Lake City, UsefulNotes/{{Utah}}; and Honolulu, UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}) that anyone out-of-state has really heard of.[[/note]] The mining industry fuels commercial growth throughout the state, where the predominant mineral extracted is copper, earning the state the nickname "the Copper state". Although as copper has declined, the real economic powerhouse has increasingly become real estate. Arizona is also known as a major state for retirees to move to so they can avoid winters in the Midwest or Northeast of the United States and much of Arizona's tourism industry caters to them.



* '''Kingman:''' County seat of Mohave County, which is the county in the northwestern section of Arizona. Also has Route 66.

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* '''Kingman:''' County seat of Mohave County, which is the county in the northwestern section of Arizona. Also has had Route 66.



* '''Williams:''' A town that relies on tourism based on its Route 66 heritage and being a gateway to the Grand Canyon. The popular train ride attraction to the Grand Canyon's South Rim begins in Williams.



* '''Winslow:''' Another one of the Route 66 towns, it has a railroad station hotel and fame from Music/TheEagles' song "Take it Easy". Gateway to Meteor Crater, its most famous attraction.

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* '''Winslow:''' Another one of the Route 66 towns, it has a majestic railroad station hotel hotel, and fame from Music/TheEagles' song "Take it Easy". Gateway to Meteor Crater, its most famous attraction.



* '''Camp Verde:''' Has the largest Kokopelli (Native American fertility deity) statue. Mentioned in {{Film/Paul}}.

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* '''Camp Verde:''' Has the largest Kokopelli (Native American fertility deity) statue. Mentioned in {{Film/Paul}}.''{{Film/Paul}}''.
* '''Casa Grande:''' A city located in a fast-growing area between Phoenix and Tucson. It shares its name with a set of Native American ruins in nearby Coolidge.
* '''Coolidge:''' Home of the ruins mentioned above. Named after the 30th president UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge.



* '''Prescott:''' Former capital of Arizona, this city's downtown is very historical, some buildings dating from the 19th century. Creator/AlanDeanFoster lives here. The locals call it [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY "Press-kitt."]]

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* '''Payson:''' This town is close to the geographical center of Arizona and the Mogollon Rim, hence the use of "Rim Country" in some businesses.
* '''Prescott:''' Former capital of Arizona, this city's downtown is very historical, having some buildings dating from the 19th century. Creator/AlanDeanFoster lives here. The locals call it [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY "Press-kitt."]]



* '''Phoenix:''' The capital and principal city of the state.

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* '''Phoenix:''' The capital and principal city of the state. The Sky Harbor International Airport is east-southeast of downtown.



* '''Maricopa:''' The southernmost city in the area, over ten miles away from the "body" of the metro area. Sometimes known for having the only UsefulNotes/{{Amtrak}} station in the area.

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* '''Maricopa:''' The southernmost city in the area, over ten about fifteen miles away from the "body" of the metro area. Sometimes known for having the only UsefulNotes/{{Amtrak}} station in the area. To the east for several miles is the site of a former Japanese American internment camp.



* '''Bullhead City:''' Located on the Colorado River, this small city hosts the annual River Regatta event, and is across the river from the casino strip of Laughlin, Nevada.
* '''Lake Havasu City:''' City in western Arizona on the Colorado River. Best known for the London Bridge, which gave it a special relationship to London in the UnitedKingdom.
* '''Parker:''' A town on the Colorado River. Home of one of the deepest dams in the world, which is front of Lake Havasu. No one is sure to pick who is the namesake of the town, since there's either Ely Parker, first Native American commisioner for the nation's government, or Earl Parker, a railroad surveyor and engineer. Appeared in ''Film/FastFive''.

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* '''Bullhead City:''' Located on by the Colorado River, this small city hosts the annual River Regatta event, and is across the river from the casino strip of Laughlin, Nevada.
* '''Lake Havasu City:''' City in western Arizona on the Colorado River. Best known for the Lake Havasu boating scene, and the London Bridge, which gave it a special relationship to London in the UnitedKingdom.
was transported piece-by-piece from UsefulNotes/{{London}}.
* '''Parker:''' A town on the Colorado River. Home of one of the deepest dams in the world, which is front of Lake Havasu. No one is sure to pick who is the namesake of the town, since there's either Ely Parker, first Native American commisioner commissioner for the nation's government, or Earl Parker, a railroad surveyor and engineer. Appeared in ''Film/FastFive''.engineer.



* '''Quartzsite:''' A town notable for having a huge number of winter residents between November and Spring in every year. These residents are usually from the northern states or Canada. This period is when Quartzsite hosts flea markets and gem shows from its winter residents.

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* '''Quartzsite:''' A town along Interstate 10 notable for having a huge number of winter residents between November and Spring in every year. These residents are usually from the northern states or Canada. This period is when Quartzsite hosts flea markets and gem shows from its winter residents.residents.
* '''San Luis:''' The town containing a border entrance to Mexico from the Yuma Valley, and the most geographically southwest community of the state.
* '''Yuma:''' A small city along the Colorado River near the state's southwest corner. Mostly sunny all year as well. There is an agriculture industry that produces winter vegetables for the U.S., but it couldn't resist the city from one of the highest rates of metro unemployment in the country, unfortunately.



* '''Ajo:''' This remote town between Gila Bend and the Mexican border has an inactive copper mine.



* '''Bowie:''' A town along Interstate 10 near the New Mexico border. This is the hometown of the main character in the Franchise/{{Rambo}} franchise.



* '''Yuma:''' A small city along the Colorado River near the state's southwest corner. Mostly sunny all year as well. There is an agriculture industry, but it couldn't resist the city from one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country, unfortunately.



* '''Snowflake:''' One of the few remaining towns that has a logging business in the state. The town's papermill shut down in 2012, causing a potential economic decline in the town and it's railroad, the Apache Railway.
* '''Safford:''' A primary setting for the film ''Film/LostInAmerica''.

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* '''Globe:''' The core city in a populated area called "Globe-Miami", which is adjacent to a copper mine and the Pinal Mountains.
* '''Snowflake:''' One of the few remaining towns that has a logging business in the state. The town's papermill shut down in 2012, causing a potential economic decline in the town and it's its railroad, the Apache Railway.
* '''Safford:''' A An agricultural town that is a primary setting for the film ''Film/LostInAmerica''.
1st Apr '17 9:56:17 PM hollowcity
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Arizona, the 48th and last state admitted in the contiguous United States, celebrated its centennial in 2012. It's best known for having the Grand Canyon, the Saguaro cactus and the Sonoran desert, and plenty of other noteworthy attractions. And for being really hot. The Grand Canyon state offers unique interesting subjects seen nowhere else in the United States or the rest of the Earth.

First, let's start off by explaining the significance of this state. Arizona doesn't have the same rate of entertainment born from there like the neighboring state of California. In other words, Arizona is not a place with nothing at all. Its capital, Phoenix, is already among the largest cities in the United States, and it's the biggest capital overall.[[note]]For folks not from America, it's sort of an American tradition for the state capital to be a dinky small-to-mid-sized city that nobody's ever heard of. Of 50 states, only 14 have capitals that are also the largest city--and of those, there are only six (Phoenix, Arizona; UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, Massachusetts; UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, Georgia; UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}, Colorado; Salt Lake City, UsefulNotes/{{Utah}}; and Honolulu, UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}) that anyone out-of-state has really heard of.[[/note]] The mining industry fuels commercial growth throughout the state, where the predominant mineral extracted is copper, earning the state the nickname "the Copper state".

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Arizona, the 48th and last state admitted in the contiguous United States, celebrated its centennial in 2012. It's best known for having the Grand Canyon, the Saguaro cactus and the Sonoran desert, and plenty of other noteworthy attractions. And for being really hot. Really, really, really hot. The Grand Canyon state offers unique interesting subjects seen nowhere else in the United States or the rest of the Earth.

First, let's start off by explaining the significance of this state. Arizona doesn't have the same rate of entertainment born from there like the neighboring state of California. In other words, Arizona is not a place with nothing at all. Its capital, Phoenix, is already among the largest cities in the United States, and it's the biggest capital overall.[[note]]For folks not from America, it's sort of an American tradition for the state capital to be a dinky small-to-mid-sized city that nobody's ever heard of. Of 50 states, only 14 have capitals that are also the largest city--and of those, there are only six (Phoenix, Arizona; UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, Massachusetts; UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, Georgia; UsefulNotes/{{Denver}}, Colorado; Salt Lake City, UsefulNotes/{{Utah}}; and Honolulu, UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}) that anyone out-of-state has really heard of.[[/note]] The mining industry fuels commercial growth throughout the state, where the predominant mineral extracted is copper, earning the state the nickname "the Copper state".
state". Although as copper has declined, the real economic powerhouse has increasingly become real estate. Arizona is also known as a major state for retirees to move to so they can avoid winters in the Midwest or Northeast of the United States and much of Arizona's tourism industry caters to them.



* '''Flagstaff:''' Largest city in northern Arizona. Best known as one of the cities in the country with the most days of sunshine, despite not being in a desert. Also known as one of the country's snowiest cities, thanks mainly to its elevation of over 6,900 feet (2,100 m), lifting it above the desert climate that prevails in the region. Route 66 crosses the city.

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* '''Flagstaff:''' Largest city in northern Arizona. Best known as one of the cities in the country with the most days of sunshine, despite not being in a desert. Also known as one of the country's snowiest cities, thanks mainly to its elevation of over 6,900 feet (2,100 m), lifting it above the desert climate that prevails in the region. The location of Northern Arizona University. Route 66 crosses the city. For some reason it doesn't have the state hockey team.



There's a reason this area of the state is called the Valley of the Sun: It experiences most of the high temperatures in the state, particularly during summer (the highest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix was something like ''128º Fahrenheit''). Contrary to locals' time-worn assertions that "at least it's a ''dry'' heat", Phoenix and its surrounding cities usually experience a few weeks of humidity during the annual monsoon season.

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There's a reason this area of the state is called the Valley of the Sun: It experiences most of the high temperatures in the state, particularly during summer (the highest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix was something like ''128º Fahrenheit''). Contrary to locals' time-worn assertions of out-of-state retirees who come to avoid harsh winters that "at least it's a ''dry'' heat", Phoenix and its surrounding cities usually experience a few weeks of humidity during the annual monsoon season.



* '''Glendale:''' The city that's currently home to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]] Cardinals and [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] Coyotes. The Cardinals' stadium hosted the 2015 SuperBowl and 2016 [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball College Football Playoff National Championship]].
* '''Goodyear:''' Named from the Goodyear company (yes, that tire company), where they established cotton farms for their tires.

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* '''Glendale:''' The city that's currently home to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]] Cardinals and [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] Coyotes. The Cardinals' stadium hosted the 2015 SuperBowl and 2016 [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball College Football Playoff National Championship]].
Championship]]. Don't ask why a desert city has a hockey team.
* '''Goodyear:''' Named from the Goodyear company (yes, that tire company), where they established cotton farms for their tires. Don't remind them of that.
9th Jan '17 5:53:18 AM lakingsif
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Arizona, the 48th and last state admitted in the continental United States, celebrated its centennial in 2012. It's best known for having the Grand Canyon, the Saguaro cactus and the Sonoran desert, and plenty of other noteworthy attractions. And for being really hot. The Grand Canyon state offers unique interesting subjects seen nowhere else in the United States or the rest of the Earth.

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Arizona, the 48th and last state admitted in the continental contiguous United States, celebrated its centennial in 2012. It's best known for having the Grand Canyon, the Saguaro cactus and the Sonoran desert, and plenty of other noteworthy attractions. And for being really hot. The Grand Canyon state offers unique interesting subjects seen nowhere else in the United States or the rest of the Earth.
20th Nov '16 8:24:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* '''Buckeye:''' Westernmost city in the Phoenix metropolitan area, which currently sees the fastest growth rates in the area. Upton Sinclair of ''TheJungle'' fame lived here in one of his last years.

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* '''Buckeye:''' Westernmost city in the Phoenix metropolitan area, which currently sees the fastest growth rates in the area. Upton Sinclair of ''TheJungle'' ''Literature/TheJungle'' fame lived here in one of his last years.
2nd Nov '16 11:37:56 PM Tsunoba
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There's a reason this area of the state is called the Valley of the Sun: It experiences most of the high temperatures in the state, particularly during summer (the highest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix was something like ''128º Fahrenheit''. Contrary to locals' time-worn assertions that "at least it's a ''dry'' heat", Phoenix and its surrounding cities usually experience a few weeks of humidity during the annual monsoon season.

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There's a reason this area of the state is called the Valley of the Sun: It experiences most of the high temperatures in the state, particularly during summer (the highest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix was something like ''128º Fahrenheit''.Fahrenheit''). Contrary to locals' time-worn assertions that "at least it's a ''dry'' heat", Phoenix and its surrounding cities usually experience a few weeks of humidity during the annual monsoon season.
25th Jul '16 7:58:13 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Flagstaff:''' Largest city in northern Arizona. Best known as one of the cities in the country with the most days of sunshine, despite not being in a desert. Route 66 crosses the city.

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* '''Flagstaff:''' Largest city in northern Arizona. Best known as one of the cities in the country with the most days of sunshine, despite not being in a desert. Also known as one of the country's snowiest cities, thanks mainly to its elevation of over 6,900 feet (2,100 m), lifting it above the desert climate that prevails in the region. Route 66 crosses the city.
25th Jul '16 7:52:22 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Window Rock:''' The capital of the Navajo Nation, the largest territory controlled by a [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans Native American]] tribe.



* '''Window Rock:''' The capital of the Navajo Nation, the largest territory controlled by a [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans Native American]] tribe.
25th Jul '16 7:49:22 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Window Rock:''' The capital of the Navajo Nation, the largest territory controlled by a [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans Native American]] tribe.
25th Jul '16 7:45:37 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Mesa:''' Founded by Latter-Day Saints in the 19th century, this city contains most of the Valley's LDS population, including a Mormon temple (renowned for its Christmas-season display of lights). It's famous for serving the spring training base of the Chicago Cubs.

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* '''Mesa:''' Founded by [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} Latter-Day Saints Saints]] in the 19th century, this city contains most of the Valley's LDS population, including a Mormon temple (renowned for its Christmas-season display of lights). It's famous for serving the spring training base of the Chicago Cubs.



* '''Bullhead City:''' Located in the Colorado River, this small city hosts the annual River Regatta event, and is across the river from the casino strip of Laughlin, Nevada.

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* '''Bullhead City:''' Located in on the Colorado River, this small city hosts the annual River Regatta event, and is across the river from the casino strip of Laughlin, Nevada.



* '''Tucson:''' Largest city in southern Arizona and the oldest incorporated city in the state, which is 100 miles southeast of Phoenix. Home to the University of Arizona's campus. It has a aircraft boneyard in the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and many companies that develops optics here. A bit more left in politics than the Phoenix area.

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* '''Tucson:''' Largest city in southern Arizona and the oldest incorporated city in the state, which is 100 miles southeast of Phoenix. Home to the University of Arizona's campus. It has a aircraft boneyard in the Davis-Monthan Davis–Monthan Air Force Base, and many companies that develops optics here. A bit more left in politics than the Phoenix area.
15th Feb '16 1:11:49 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Glendale:''' The city where the NFL Cardinals are currently based at. Their stadium hosted the 2015 Super Bowl.

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* '''Glendale:''' The city where that's currently home to the NFL [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]] Cardinals are currently based at. Their and [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] Coyotes. The Cardinals' stadium hosted the 2015 Super Bowl.SuperBowl and 2016 [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball College Football Playoff National Championship]].



* '''Tempe:''' Home of the Arizona State University's primary campus, as well as US Airways and the aforementioned university's Sun Devils sports team. Birthplace of the nationwide ice cream chain Cold Stone Creamery. Acknowledged as one of the central axes of the Valley's music scene, and politically the farthest-left of any city in the Phoenix area.

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* '''Tempe:''' Home of the Arizona State University's primary campus, as well as US Airways and the aforementioned university's Sun Devils sports team.teams. Birthplace of the nationwide ice cream chain Cold Stone Creamery. Acknowledged as one of the central axes of the Valley's music scene, and politically the farthest-left of any city in the Phoenix area.
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