How many of these 15 facts about Arizona did you know?
- If you cut down an endangered Saguaro cactus, you could face up to a year in prison.
- Bill the Kid killed his first victim, Frank “Windy” Cahill, in Bonita, Arizona.
- The Grand Canyon is deeper than four 1,300-foot tall skyscrapers.
- The Grand Canyon is older than dinosaurs, which means there are no dinosaur fossils there, only those of trilobites, corals, and sponges.
- The Havasupai Indians actually live inside the Grand Canyon in a village near Havasu Creek.
- The legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral—the most famous shootout in the Americal Old West—only lasted 30 seconds and happened in Tombstone, Arizona, outside of Tucson.
- Arizona has the largest percentage of designated Indian land and has 21 federally recognized American Indian tribes.
- The country’s first barrel of tequila came through Nogales, Arizona, in 1936.
- The best-preserved meteor crater in the world is in Winslow, Arizona, also home to that corner made famous by Glenn Frey in his hit, “Take it Easy.”
- Bill Keane, the creator of the famous “The Family Circus” comic strip, is a native of Paradise Valley. The family’s adventures are sometimes set in Scottsdale.
- The roof of the Arizona Capitol building is made out of copper, the equivalent of 4.8 million pennies.
- The sun shines in Phoenix and Tucson 85% of the year, more than in Florida or Hawaii.
- Arizona is the only state besides Hawaii that doesn’t observe Daylight Savings Time.
- One of the largest sundials in the world is in Carefree, Arizona, and measures 90 feet across.
- The bolo tie was designated as Arizona’s official state neckwear in 1973.
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