9 Interesting Arizona Facts You Might Not Know
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Who doesn’t love fun and intriguing facts? At AZ Famous Wings, a sports bar in West Phoenix, we sure do! Here are some of our favorite interesting Arizona facts.
The Saguaro Cactus only grows in the Sonoran desert that stretches through Arizona and Northern Mexico. And in areas of extremely low precipitation in Arizona, it can take a full century for one arm of these cacti to grow!
Due to the fact that it takes centuries for a full grown, multi-armed Saguaro cactus to grow, and the fact that they are a precious symbol to Arizonans, cutting down a Saguaro Cactus in Arizona is actually punishable by up to 25 years in prison! That’s a lot of time!
Everyone knows Arizona is the Grand Canyon State, but did you know this ancient valley, cut by millions of years of flowing water, actually predates dinosaurs? Historians and paleontologists know this, because no dinosaur fossils can be found there. Only fossils of more primitive creatures like sponges and corals can be found among the ancient rocks.
Have you ever heard of the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday, and the O.K. Corral gunfight? Some of the country’s most notorious outlaws called Arizona their home. And on October 26, 1881, one of the most legendary shootouts in history occurred in a small town called Tombstone, Arizona. It lasted all of 30 seconds!
Arizona may have been a rough-and-tumble State in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but in some ways, it was actually ahead of its time. Eight years before the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 (that gave all women in the United States of America the right to vote), women’s suffrage in Arizona—which was still a Territory at the time—had actually already won them the right to vote.
There are several large observatories in our great state, where so much open space and less light pollution offer crystal clear skies. And in 1930, Pluto (once believed to be our galaxy’s 9th planet) was discovered by an astronomer named Clyde Tombaugh, at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.
In addition to being home to the majority of the Navajo Nation’s members (the largest indigenous tribe in the United States), there are 20 other tribes that are indigenous to the territory that is now called Arizona. In fact, comparatively speaking, Arizona hosts the largest number of indigenous tribes of any state in the nation. That’s one reason 27% of all the land in Arizona is tribal land.
A lot of states still have arcane laws on the books. But Arizona could win a prize for weirdest law–It’s illegal for Donkeys to sleep in bathtubs in Arizona. As the story goes, in 1924 a donkey who had a penchant for sleeping in his owner’s bathtub got carried away by flood waters, along with the bathtub and had to be rescued by the townspeople.
One of the best-preserved meteor craters in the world can be found in Winslow, Arizona. 50,000 years ago, an asteroid that was 30-50 meters in diameter, crash-landed onto Northern Arizona soil. The resulting crater is nearly a mile wide and 570,000 feet deep.
In addition to these 9 crazy, funny and interesting Arizona facts, we’ll add one extra for free—Long Wongs AZ Famous Wings has the best wings in Phoenix! So come on down and enjoy an ice-cold beer and some of our famous wings today!