The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 18, 2013

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20 facts you need to know before visiting Arizona


For The Daily Item

— 1. Arizona is a right-to-work state. The law states no person shall be denied the opportunity to obtain or retain employment because of non-membership in a labor organization.

2. The Arizona trout is found only in the Arizona.

3. The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. The white flower blooms on the tips of the saguaro cactus during May and June. The saguaro is the largest American cactus.

4. Arizona leads the nation in copper production.

5. Petrified wood is the official state fossil. Most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona.

6. The bola tie is the official state neckwear.

7. The Palo verde is the official state tree. Its name means green stick and it blooms a brilliant yellow-gold in April or May.

8. The cactus wren is the official state bird. It grows seven to eight inches long and likes to build nests in the protection of thorny desert plants like the arms of the giant saguaro cactus.

9. Turquoise is the official state gemstone. The blue-green stone has a somewhat waxy surface and can be found throughout the state.

10. Arizona is home of the Grand Canyon National Park.

11. The ringtail is the official state mammal. The ringtail is a small fox-like animal about two and one-half feet long and is a shy, nocturnal creature.

12. The amount of copper on the roof of the Capitol building is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies.

13. Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis. The one exception is the Navajo Nation, located in the northeast corner of the state, which observes the daylight savings time change.

14. The battleship USS Arizona was named in honor of the state. It was commissioned in 1913 and launched in 1915 from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

15. World War II brought many military personnel to train at Luke and Thunderbird fields in Glendale.

16. The Castilian and Burgundian flags of Spain, the Mexican flag, the Confederate flag, and the flag of the United States have all flown over the land area that has become Arizona.

17. In 1926, the Southern Pacific Railroad connected Arizona with the eastern states.

18. The geographic center of Arizona is 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Prescott.

19. Arizona's most abundant mineral is copper.

20. Bisbee, located in Tombstone Canyon, is known as the Queen of the Copper Mines. During its mining history the town was the largest city between Saint Louis and San Francisco.