The land of
southern Arizona was acquired in 1848 when Mexico relinquished
it after the war with the United States. The rest of the state
was acquired in 1853 through the Gadsden Purchase. On February
14, 1912, Arizona became the 48th state.
Colors: Blue and Gold (1915)
Slogan: In God We Trust
Flower: Blossom of the Saguaro Cactus (1931)
Motto: Ditat Deus God Enriches
Nickname: Grand Canyon State; Copper State
Song: Arizona March Song (1919)
Tree: Palo Verde means green stick (1957)
Rank: sixth largest state
Highest Point: Humphreys Peak at 12, 633 feet
Lowest Point: Colorado River at 70 feet above sea level
Time Zone: Arizona
Thirteen rays of red and yellow representing the setting sun
cover the upper half. The lower half is solid blue. The center
of the flag contains a copper color star (symbolizing the states
copper industry) rising over the face of the setting sun.
Origin of states
name: Spanish translation of arizuma an Aztec Indian
work meaning silver-bearing. Also based on Pima Indian
word arizonac for little spring place.
Geography: Arizona is 114,006
square miles. Approximately 42% of the land is covered by desert;
25% is grassland; and 33% is forest and of that, 15% is National
has more national areas and monuments than any other state.
} Fort Verde State Historic Park
} Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic
} Tombstone Courthouse State Historic
} Jerome State Historic Park
} Riordan State Historic Park
} McFarland Historical State Park
} Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
} Lost Dutchman State Park
} Catalina State Park
} Picacho Peak State Park
} Boyce Thompson Southwester Arboretum
} Homolovi Ruins State Park
} Oracle State Park
} Red Rock State Park
} Kartchner Caverns State Park
Water Based Parks
} Dead Horse Ranch State Park
} Slide Rock State Park
} Buckskin Mountain State Park
} Lake Havasu State Park
} Roper Lake State Park
} Painted Rocks State Park
} Lyman Lake State Park
} Patagonia Lake State Park
} Alamo Lake State Park
} Canyon de Chelly National Monument
} Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
} Chiricahua National Monument
} Grand Canyon National Park and Monument
One of the Seven wonders
of the world
} Marble Canyon National Monument
} Montezuma Castle National Monument
} Navajo National Monument
} Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
} Petrified Forest National Park
} Pipe Spring National Monument
} Saguaro National Monument
} Sunset Crater National Monument
} Tonto National Monument
} Tumacacori National Monument
} Tuzigoot National Monument
} Walnut Canyon National Monument
} Wupatki National Monument
Tucson is as sophisticated
a civilization as man has created in the desert. Among the metropolitan
areas offerings are internationally respected museums,
a symphony, a ballet, an opera company, an avant garde art scene
and a world-class university. While these diversions cater to
the mind, the natural richness that surrounds Tucson caters to
the body and the soul.
flock here arent content to make a living; they come here
to make a life. For many Tucsonans, this life centers around
exploring and enjoying the outdoors. Much of this activity takes
place in the mountain ranges that surround the city the
Santa Catalina, Rincon, Tucson, Tortolita and Santa Rita. Even
their melodic names evoke the serenity and sanctuary they provide.
winter weather is balmy during the day and sweater-cool at night.
At an elevation of more than 2,500 feet, its summertime temperatures
are routinely lower than those of Phoenix, its neighbor 115 miles
to the northwest.
And when Tucsonans
want a change of scenery, they head for Mt. Lemmon, the 9,600-foot
peak less than an hours drive away. In the summer, residents
hike and camp among the pines. In the winter they enjoy its snow-covered
slopes, which make up Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley, the United States
southernmost ski area.
favors flora and fauna over flash, cosmopolitan Tucson conveys
the warmth and friendliness of a small town. The area has burgeoned
into a center of international trade; a lively and vigorous community
of scholars, musicians and artisans; a health and retirement
mecca; and stunning example of how old and new can coexist harmoniously
in an American city.
why they came, why they stay or why they dont move on,
Tucsonans often fall back on the cliché: Its
the quality of life. As simple as it sounds, this may be
the best umbrella phrase to describe the advantages of day-today
life in the Sonoran Desert.
of life means being able to count on more than 300 days
of sunshine a year and enough time to pursue or begin
- an outdoor hobby. Rock climbing, bicycling, hiking, bird watching,
tennis, golf Tucsonans find places to enjoy their favorite
pleasures within minutes of their front doors.
the fortunate ones. Travelers from across the globe pay handsomely
to travel to southern Arizona and spend a few days here. They
come to squeeze in a few games of golf on some of the areas thirty-plus
courses. To see three of the finest astronomy facilities in the
world. To visit museums and historical societies that offer extraordinary
glimpses into yesteryear. To eat tantalizing Mexican food. To
travel to nearby Tombstone, the still-standing, rough-and-tumble
town made famous by Western lore. And to hike nature trails or
visit a guest ranch.
clearly under pressure to make the most of their brief round-trip
packages. Tucsonans, by contrast, have all this available to
them all the time.
package of magic is why people come here. And that is why they
Tucson is truly
a city with personality, heart and soul all accompanied
with a blended mixture of sounds and rhythms. According to Traveler
magazine published by Conde Nast, Tucson is the Friendliest
City in the Nation. An impossible claim to document, that
certainly makes a statement about Tucsons people.
While its roots
go back to the beginning of recorded history, Tucson has a young,
is just large enough to offer the perks of a big city and small
enough that natives express outrage if there is a ten-minute
delay in traffic.
It is a big
city by virtue of its land mass at 162 square miles it
is three times larger than San Francisco. Money magazine recently
ranked Tucson as the fifth most livable medium-sized
city in the West. Because of its casual, welcoming atmosphere,
Tucson was included in the book of 50 Fabulous Places to Raise
Your Family (Career Press). In addition to rating Tucson schools
as excellent and describing its employment outlook
as one of the fastest-growing job markets in the U.S.,
the authors offered this ultimate high praise: If you were
to go to a drawing board to create the ideal urban environment
of the new century, youd be wise to use Tucson as a model.
and low price of land continues to provide Tucsonans with a wide
range of housing styles and communities. Based on cost of living
indexes, housing is far more affordable here than in many areas.
surrounding communities consist of the City of Tucson, Foothills,
Oro Valley, Catalina, Marana, South Tucson and Green Valley.