Below you will find some facts about Arizona and links associated with some of these facts.  There is so much more to learn!!

Arizona Statehood was declared on February 14, 1912.  Happy 100th Birthday, Arizona!

The Cactus Wren is the state bird.  Here is a link to more about this bird: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/cactus_wren/id/ac  

Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time.  By clicking on this link you can learn all about the history, rationale and uses of Daylight Saving Time all over the world.     http://www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/

Arizona leads the nation in copper production.

From about 700 A.D. to 1200 A.D. the Pueblo People flourished, building the great communal cliff dwellings that today, serve as testament to a remarkably unique culture: http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/northamerica/before1500/history/pueblo.htm

The Grand Canyon is one of the World’s Great Natural Wonders, a mile deep and 277 miles long. It took the Colorado River about six million years to carve out the Grand Canyon.  In 1869 John Wesley Powell led the first expedition to travel the uncharted canyons of the Colorado River.

Apache leader Geronimo fought fiercely for his people before surrendering to the U.S. Army in 1886.  http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-geronimo.html

Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete-arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. It was constructed between 1931-1936, during the Great Depression. http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/

For 131 years, the London Bridge spanned the Thames River as it flows through London, England.  The bridge was taken apart and rebuilt in Lake Havasu City. Reconstruction started in 1968 and was completed in 1971. For a history of the bridge and its move and reconstruction, click on this link: http://www.golakehavasu.com/activities/more_to_do/london_bridge.aspx

Biosphere 2 was originally built in Oracle to be an artificial, closed ecological system. On June 27, 2011, the University of Arizona announced that it would assume full ownership of Biosphere 2 to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe.  http://www.b2science.org/

In March 2000, Arizona was the first state to hold a legally binding primary election on the Internet.

 

1 Comment for this entry

  • Tamara Hogsett
    February 23rd, 2012

    Arizona is such a wonderful, diversified state. People usually think of it as HOT, HOT, HOT! But Kelly and Tyler can relate the COLD, COLD, COLD temps of northern Arizona. Thanks for all the fun facts. . . . . . .Thanks for sharing!

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