There’s certainly more to Arizona than cacti and the Grand Canyon. In fact, did you know that the original London Bridge has been rebuilt there? Continue reading to learn more interesting facts about our country’s 48th state.
1 Arizona’s nickname—the Copper State—was given because it leads the U.S. in copper production.
2 Arizona is home to the world’s largest solar telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory.
3 Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, which is one of the most recognizable and visited landmarks in the country and the world. In fact, it is the second most visited national park in the nation.
4 Tombstone, Arizona, now a ghost town, was the place of the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral. It is considered one of the most famous gunfights ever.
5 Arizona granted women the right to vote eight years before national suffrage came about.
6 Arizona has the largest percentage of land dedicated to Native American tribes. In fact, 21 federally recognized tribes make their home in Arizona.
7 Winslow, Arizona is home to one of the largest and best preserved meteor craters in the world.
8 Thirteen different species of rattlesnake can be found in Arizona, more than any other state in the country.
9 The Arizona Cardinals are the longest continuously running franchise in the NFL. They have been around since 1898.
10 The National Weather Service recorded the largest snowfall in Phoenix, Arizona at one inch. This amount occurred twice in the 1930s.
11 The state of Arizona received its name from the Spanish word “Arizonac.” This word was derived from a Native American word meaning “small spring.”
12 Arizona was the last state to join the lower 48. It was made an official state on February 14, 1912. For this reason, another of Arizona’s state nicknames is “the Valentine State.”
13 In the 1960s, England replaced its famous London Bridge. The original bridge was bought and shipped piece by piece to Lake Havasu City, Arizona where it still stands today.
14 The Saguaro cactus is native to the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. This cactus is the largest in the country and can grow as high as a five-story building.
15 Only two states do not observe Daylight Savings Time. One is Arizona and the other is Hawaii.
16 Famous Arizona natives include Stevie Nicks, Emma Stone, Cesar Chavez, and Marty Robbins.
17 Arizona’s state bird is the cactus wren and the state flower is the cactus blossom of the famous Saguaro cactus.
18 In addition to the Grand Canyon, Arizona is also home to Petrified Forest National Park. It houses one of the largest collections of petrified wood in the world and covers roughly 230 square miles.
19 Besides copper, the state of Arizona’s economy thrives on agricultural crops and livestock, as well as manufacturing.
20 Most think of desert landscape when they picture Arizona; however, over a quarter of the state’s land is forested.