History on Display at Riordan Mansion on Monday

Courtesy of Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Courtesy of Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Flagstaff’s Riordan Mansion turns 110 this year, and the historic building is celebrating that anniversary Monday, August 11, with a “Brown Bag Lecture” about the property’s history.

If you’re in the area then, bring your lunch and head to Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, 409 W. Riordan Road, at noon. Dessert will be provided.

Riordan Mansion includes two nearly identical homes built by brothers Michael and Timothy Riordan, members of a prominent Flagstaff family that was involved in lumber, railroads, ranching and politics. The homes are connected by a “rendezvous room,” and altogether, they contain 13,000 square feet of space. The mansion opened as a state park in 1983.

If you can’t make it this time, don’t worry! The park holds lectures on the second Monday of each month.

For more information, visit the park’s website.

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Help Save Springerville’s Historic El Rio Theatre

Springerville's El Rio Theatre (then called the Apache Theatre)

Springerville’s El Rio Theatre (then called the Apache Theatre) | Courtesy of Laura Preder

Springerville’s El Rio Theatre (formerly the Apache Theatre) opened in 1915, so its 100th birthday would be next year. But it might not make it that far without a little help.

Considered Arizona’s oldest active movie house, the El Rio needs to update to digital projection now that 35 mm film is going out of style. Supporters of the theater are trying to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter to make that update a reality and keep the single-screen, 288-seat theater in business. From the Kickstarter page:

Locally, no one wants the El Rio Theatre to close its doors in this tiny rural community where the next movie theater is over 50 miles away by two-lane road.The bottom line, however, is that without movie distribution, the El Rio Theatre is a theater in name only. Round Valley residents have overwhelmingly expressed support and pitched in where possible to help save the El Rio Theater but our efforts have fallen short. Based on the approximately $100,000 needed to upgrade the projection and sound systems combined with some basic interior remodeling and electrical improvements needed to accommodate the equipment, we find ourselves with a shortfall of about $50,000 that we are looking to raise through the generous contributions of patrons of the fine arts like you.This is your one opportunity to help preserve one of the truly historic Arizona movie houses and to ensure that it reaches its 100th birthday and celebrates its centennial anniversary next year.

If you’re a fan of historic movie theaters, or if you’d just like to see Springerville and Eagar keep their only movie house, please consider contributing to the restoration effort. The Kickstarter campaign continues through August 13.

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Go Wild: Here’s a Sneak Peek at Our September Issue

2014_09 Blog

Our September issue will be hitting newsstands and mailboxes soon. In our annual Photo Issue, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, as well as a year in the life of Bismarck Lake near Flagstaff, as shot by John Burcham. We also feature the winners of our 2014 Photography Contest and a profile of famed photographer Dan Budnik.

Simply put: You don’t want to miss this issue.


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Friday Fotos: The North Remembers

Dean Andersen | Grand Canyon

Dean Andersen | Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, the San Francisco Peaks … there are a lot of reasons to head north of Interstate 40 in Arizona, especially in the summer. Here are some of your favorites. Thanks, as always, for your amazing submissions. Heading north this weekend? Tomorrow’s high in Flagstaff: 75 degrees.

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By publishing a photographer’s work to its blog, Arizona Highways does not endorse the photographer’s private business or claim responsibility for any business relationships entered into between the photographer and our readers.


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Throwback Thursday: Arizona Highways, July 1985



From the issue: “Sunset Storm, by Ed Mell, oil on canvas.” A profile of Mell, along with a full reproduction of the 36-by-84-inch painting, appeared on page 41 of the issue.

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Try a Different Burger Every Day in August at Gilbert’s Liberty Market

Black and Blue Burger (August 6) | Courtesy of Liberty Market

Black and Blue Burger (August 6) | Courtesy of Liberty Market

Burgers might be the world’s greatest food. That’s not the official opinion of Arizona Highways, just of the person typing this blog post right now. If you share that opinion, and if you’ll be in the Valley of the Sun in August, you’ll want to head down to Gilbert and check out Liberty Market.

Starting Friday, the restaurant will feature a different burger every day of the month as part of its fifth annual Burger Daze celebration. As Mouth by Southwest reports, the offerings include the Billionaire Burger, topped with filet mignon, lobster tail and caviar; the Elvis Burger, with peanut butter and bacon; and the Elk Burger, with an elk patty and wild mushrooms. (There are some vegetarian burger offerings, too.)

If you’re up for a real challenge, anyone who eats 10 different burgers in the series will receive a $25 gift card. If you eat all 31 offerings, you’ll get a $100 gift card. Most of the burgers come with potato chips, and most range from $12 to $15, although the Billionaire Burger will set you back $25.

Click here for the full list of Burger Daze burgers. Liberty Market is located at 230 N. Gilbert Road in Gilbert. For more information, call 480-892-1900 or visit www.libertymarket.com.


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