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Happy 100th Birthday, Yuma!

Yuma, circa 1929 | Courtesy of www.yuma100.com

Yuma, circa 1929 | Courtesy of http://www.yuma100.com

One hundred years ago today, Yuma was chartered as a city under the laws of the newly formed State of Arizona. There had been a town named Yuma at that location before that, of course, and even earlier than that, the settlement was called Arizona City. But today is Yuma’s official 100th birthday. To celebrate, the city is holding centennial events all week. They include:

  • Monday, April 7: Main Street Centennial Celebration, 6-8 p.m., downtown
  • Tuesday, April 8: Barbecue and Community Western Wear Day, 6-8 p.m., Quartermaster Depot
  • Wednesday, April 9: 100 Year Photo Display, 6-9 p.m., Yuma Art Center
  • Thursday, April 10: Community Photo and Fireworks, 6-8 p.m., West Wetlands Park
  • Friday, April 11: Centennial Block Party, 5-11 p.m., downtown
  • Saturday, April 12: Music Fest and Taco Festival, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Desert Sun Stadium

For more information on any of these events, or to learn more about Yuma’s history and view some more historical photos, visit www.yuma100.com. The weather’s beautiful in Yuma this time of year; we hope you’ll visit for these cool events!

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Happy 101st Birthday, Arizona!


Happy Birthday Arizona!

Yes, the state is another year older, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy last February’s 100-page Centennial Issue. Score your copy of this special collector’s edition of Arizona Highways magazine, which includes 100 years of Arizona in pictures, the Official 1912 Arizona State Map, a Centennial Timeline, 100 Years of History by state historian Marshall Trimble, and reflections on Arizona by Hugh Downs and Sandra Day O’Connor.

Order your copy now.


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Celebrating Our Centennial: A Day-In-The-Life At ADOT

Our friends at ADOT put together a day-in-the-life video taken on February 14 in honor of our Arizona’s Centennial … the video has been posted to ADOTs blog and I thought I’d share … click here to catch a day’s worth of ADOT action and keep reading to learn more about the video:

When Arizona turned 100 last month, we celebrated by documenting everything ADOT does across the state in a single day.

And, oh what a day it was!

Our team was up early – out on the road, covering everything from construction projects and maintenance work to planning meetings and the MVD.

If you followed along with us back on February 14, you saw our photos, kept up through social media and probably recall that we promised a mini-documentary detailing the day.

Well, that video is ready and we’re very proud to announce its premiere!

The video speaks for itself … so, we won’t say much more, except that we hope you’ll sit back, relax and enjoy what our team has put together!

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Celebrating Our Centennial: Happy Birthday Susie Yazzie

Susie checking out our Centennial issue.

Arizona Highways would like to wish Susie Yazzie a very happy birthday … This “grandmother of Monument Valley” is turning 100 and we thought we’d share a profile of Susie that appeared in the February 2011 issue of the magazine below.

Susie has lived a traditional Navajo life — raising sheep, carding wool and weaving rugs. She has also worked as an extra in several John Ford movies, appeared in books, documentaries and magazines. To this day, this remarkable woman continues to welcome visitors to her hogan in Monument Valley … a worthwhile stop should the opportunity present itself.

Happy Birthday Susie! We wish you all the very best.

Your friends at Arizona Highways.

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Celebrating Our Centennial: How Arizona Got Its Name

Several weeks ago, we received an interesting e-mail from our our friends at Tumácacori National Historical Park. In it, they talked about the meaning of the name Arizona……. According to the e-mail, Don Garate, former Chief of Interpretation at Tumacácori, as well as “the world’s authority on Juan Bautista de Anza and phenomenal historian,” wrote several articles detailing the origin of the name Arizona. Garate was of Basque descent and spoke the language…. Unfortunately he passed away in 2010, leaving Tumacacori to share the story.

We’ve decided to share the story below…. It’s an interesting slice of Arizona history and if you want to  learn more, be sure to visit Tumácacori National Historical Park’s website. You can also e-mail questions to the Acting Chief of Interpretation at Anita_Badertscher@nps.gov.

**Editor’s note: This story was submitted to Arizona Highways by Tumacácori National Historical Park. Arizona Highways did not edit this content for factual accuracy.

Basque is a unique language, unlike any other known to linguists. The word “Arizona” breaks down into components that require four words in English:

Ariz: oak tree
on: good
a: the

To make it plural, you would add a “c,” making it “Arizonac.”

In October 1736, Yaqui Indian prospector Antonio Siraumea stumbled upon large pieces of silver in the hills forty miles southwest of the Tumacácori Mission. News of the discovery spread quickly. Prospectors rushed to the canyon from all over Sonora to dig for the “balls and plates” of almost pure silver. One prospector, José Fermín de Almazán, found a single slab that weighed over one hundred arrobas, roughly 1 ¼ tons.

By mid-November, Juan Bautista de Anza (senior), Captain of the Fronteras Presidio and Chief Justice of Sonora, learned of the discovery. He travelled to the site to halt the illegal, unregistered collecting, and to determine whether the find was a buried treasure, a clandestine smelting operation, or a natural vein. If the silver was a natural deposit, the prospectors would owe Spain’s King Philip one-fifth of their find. If it was a treasure, ALL of the silver would belong to the King.

By the time Anza arrived, there were 400 people digging for the precious metal. Anza stationed soldiers on-site to prevent further mining. He set up his headquarters twelve miles away, at the home of Deputy Justice Bernardo de Urrea. Urrea’s ranch was called “Arizona,” meaning “the good oak tree” in Basque, his native language.

From Arizona, Captain Anza impounded silver, recorded statements, and conducted the investigation. Discussion then moved to Mexico City. Finally, in August, Anza and five of Sonora’s leading miners returned to examine the canyon. The “experts” unanimously agreed that the silver was from natural veins. The silver — minus the King’s fifth — was returned to the miners.

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Celebrating Our Centennial: Arizona Highways Special Centennial Edition

If you loved the February 2012 issue of Arizona Highways, then you’re going to love our Special Centennial Edition of the magazine. This hard-bound book is sure to become a collector’s item, so buy your limited edition (that’s right: limited edition) copy for only $12.99.

The stories you’ll see include essays by Hugh Downs and Sandra Day O’Connor, as well as a history piece by state historian Marshall Trimble. Plus, 100 Years in Pictures illustrates the centennial with photographs beginning with a shot of Gila Academy’s Class of 1912. You’ll also have a centennial timeline that details some of the most interesting events of the last 100 years and the official 1912 state map.

As our editor Robert Stieve put it, “One hundred pages wasn’t enough…”

No, it wasn’t, but we think you’ll be delighted none the less with this very special book.


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