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Did you know that the state of Arizona has more parks and National Monuments than any other continental state, more mountains than Switzerland and more golf courses than Scotland? Here are some additional facts to consider… • More than 27 million people visit our state each year. 13 million of those people visit the Phoenix Metropolitan Area alone. Metropolitan Phoenix is the nation’s 5 largest city in population with just about 1.4 million year-round residents and continues to grow. In 2006, Arizona’s population grew by 3.6 percent, the fastest rate in the nation. The City of Scottsdale was given the Most Livable City Award by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 1993. Arizona leads the nation in copper production. In fact, the amount of copper on the roof of the Arizona State Capitol building is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies. Greater Phoenix has consistently ranked among the nation’s top cities in the number of Four and FiveDiamond/Four and Five-Star resorts. Condé Nast Traveler magazine stated that the “Phoenix area boasts more top resorts than any other metro area in North America.” Scottsdale was named the 3rd “best place to live in the west (population more than 100,000)” by Money Magazine in 2003. Sedona was named the “Most Beautiful Place in America,” by USA Weekend’s Annual Travel Guide. The Palo Verde Nuclear plant located in Tonopah is the nation’s largest and most productive nuclear power plant in the United States. Arizona native Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981. With more than 300 golf courses throughout the state, Arizona is recognized as one of the world’s premier golf destinations. Statehood Nickname Flower Bird Tree Amphibian Fish Mammal Gemstone Neckware Median Age Motto Arizona State Stats February 14, 1912 (48 State) Grand Canyon State Saguaro Cactus Blossom Cactus Wren Palo Verde Tree Frog Arizona Apache Trout Ringtail Turquoise Bola 34.5 years (national average 35.5 years) Ditat Deus (God Enriches)
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Strange, but true……Facts you might not have known about our great state: • • • The State of Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time, with the exception of the Navajo Indian reservation (due to its large size and location in three states). Sierra Vista is the hummingbird capital of the United States. The Guinness Book of World Records confirms yearly that the world's largest rosebush is located at the Rose Tree Inn Museum in Tombstone. The Lady Banksia rosebush covers nearly 8,600 square feet. Each spring it's covered with millions of tiny white blossoms. Arizona has the only pony express that still delivers mail for the U.S. Postal Service. Once a year, the Hashknife Pony Express travels 200 miles from Holbrook, to Scottsdale, delivering 20,000 first-class letters by horseback. The ride is led by the Navajo County Hashknife Sheriff's Posse, which was organized as a search-and-rescue group in 1955. More than two dozen riders in authentic cowboy clothing carry the mail, relaying the bags along the route. In 1969, the City of Scottsdale created "Godzilla," the world's first successful, automated residential trash collection truck. Established in 1100 A.D., Old Oraibi (located near Tuba City), is considered the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. It is illegal to walk through a Phoenix hotel lobby with spurs on. The world’s largest natural bridge is the Rainbow Bridge, located on the Navajo Reservation on Lake Powell. Interstate 19 from Tucson to Nogales is the only interstate in the United States to be signed in metric measurements. After a failed attempt to convert U.S. roads to the metric system, the signs remain on this stretch of interstate.

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In 1943, a 120-inch alligator was caught and killed on the Colorado River’s Lost Lake. Carefree is home to both the world’s largest Kachina Doll (stands a 39-foot-tall) as well as the world’s largest sundial (it stretches 62 feet and points to the North Star). The largest Wurlitzer pipe organ in the world can be found at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa. Parker Dam, along the Colorado River, is the world’s deepest dam at 320-feet. In Arizona, it is illegal to refuse a person a glass of water.


Famous Arizonans
Mike Bibby Alice Cooper Sandra Day-O’Connor Linda Carter Joan Ganz Cooney Rosemary DeCamp Andy Devine Barbara Eden Jack Elam Dorothy Fay Geronimo Barry Goldwater Gary Hall, Jr. Misty Hyman Richard Kleindienst Charlie Mingus Stevie Nicks Marty Robbins Linda Ronstadt Kerri Strug Marshall Trimble Tanya Tucker Stewart Udall Mare Winningham Phoenix Phoenix Duncan Phoenix Phoenix Prescott Flagstaff Tucson Miami Prescott Clifton Phoenix Phoenix Mesa Winslow Nogales Phoenix Glendale Tucson Tucson Tempe Wilcox St. Johns Phoenix Professional basketball player Musician United States Supreme Court Justice Actress (Wonder Woman) Producer of Sesame Street Actress Comedian/Actor Actress (I Dream of Jeanie) Actor Actress Apache Indian Chief Senator, Presidential Candidate Olympic Gold Medalist-Swimming Olympic Gold Medalist-Swimming U.S. Attorney General Jazz Musician Singer Country Western Singer Singer Olympic Gold Medalist-Gymnastics Singer, Historian, Author Country Singer Secretary of the Interior Actress

Other Celebrities with Ties to Arizona
Stephen Baldwin Glen Campbell Ted Danson Wyatt Earp The Gin Blossoms Leona Helmsley Lee Janzen Harmon Killebrew Paul McCartney Leslie Nielsen Dan Quayle Ryne Sandberg Steven Spielberg Dick Van Dyke Erma Bombeck Cher Hugh Downs Chris Farley Wayne Gretzky Ricky Henderson Michael Jordan Tom Lehman Phil Mickelson Nick Nolte Geraldo Rivera Annika Sorenstam Steve Stone John Wayne Barry Bonds Alice Cooper Patrick Duffy Peter Frampton Paul Harvey Hale Irwin Bill Keane G. Gordon Liddy Stevie Nicks Danica Patrick Tim Salmon David Spade Kerri Strug Robin Yount