By Laura Keyser of the Diane Olson Team
When I am working with clients and we are driving around there are always questions about our state. So I thought I would share a few with you.
1. The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. The white flower blooms on the tips of the saguaro cactus during May and June. The saguaro is the largest American cactus.
2. Arizona leads the nation in copper production.
3. Petrified wood is the official state fossil. Most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona.
4. The Palo Verde is the official state tree. Its name means green stick and it blooms a brilliant yellow-gold in April or May.
5. The cactus wren is the official state bird. It grows seven to eight inches long and likes to build nests in the protection of thorny desert plants like the arms of the giant saguaro cactus.
6. Turquoise is the official state gemstone. The blue-green stone has a somewhat waxy surface and can be found throughout the state.
7. Arizona is home of the Grand Canyon National Park.
8. The amount of copper on the roof of the Capitol building is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies.
9. Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis. The one exception is the Navajo Nation, located in the northeast corner of the state, which observes the daylight savings time change.
10. Arizona’s most abundant mineral is copper.
11. The state’s most popular natural wonders include the Grand Canyon, Havasu Canyon, Grand Canyon Caves, Lake Powell/Rainbow Bridge, Petrified Forest/Painted Desert, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, Sedona Oak Creek Canyon, Salt River Canyon, Superstition Mountains, Picacho Peak State Park, Saguaro National Park, Chiricahua National Monument, and the Colorado River.
12. The original London Bridge was shipped stone-by-stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City.
13. The capital of the Navajo Reservation is Window Rock.
14. The state’s precipitation varies. At Flagstaff the annual average is 18.31 inches; Phoenix averages 7.64 inches; and Yuma’s annual average is 3.27 inches.
15. Crops include 2%; pastureland 57%; forests 24%; and other uses are 17% in land-use designation.
16. Located in Fountain Hills is a fountain believed to be the tallest in the world.
17. Four Corners is noted as the spot in the United States where a person can stand in four states at the same time.
18. The age of a saguaro cactus is determined by its height.
19. Arizona, among all the states, has the largest percentage of its land set aside and designated as Indian lands.
20. Arizona became the 48th state on February 14, 1912.
21. The world’s largest solar telescope is located at Kitts Peak National Observatory in the city of Sells.
Just some fun information I thought you might enjoy.
Diane Olson is a former Canadian police officer whose team of agents has earned its reputation as Canada’s go-to realtor for Canadians looking to buy vacation and investment property in Arizona.