Arizona is inspirational. Arizona was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on February 14, 1912. It became the last of the lower 48 states, contiguous United States, to be admitted to the Union. It is one of the four corners states. As well as bordering Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada to form the four corners, it also borders California and Mexico. Arizona’s nicknames are The Grand Canyon State and The Copper State. Phoenix is Arizona’s capital and its largest metropolitan area.
Arizona’s diversity starts with it geography and climate. The southern potion of Arizona is known for its desert climate. Winters are considered mild and summers are very hot. Temperatures can reach and exceed 100 degrees F in the summer. While Arizona’s annual rainfall is considered average, flash floods do occur.
Arizona, also, has mountains, plateaus, and forests. Pine trees cover the north-central part of the state. The Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is in northern Arizona. The Grand Canyon is a gorge cut by the Colorado River over millions of years. The Grand Canyon National Park was one of the first of many national parks declared. Arizona also has the Barringer Meteorite Crater. The hole created from this meteor is in the high plains of the Colorado Plateau in Arizona.
Historically, Arizona has had events people would consider highs and lows. Arizona fought for and supported the Confederates during the Civil War. Arizona had German POW camps and Japenese-American internment camps during World War II. Arizona, also, had Phoenix Indian School which worked to force Native American children into Anglo-American culture. With the invention of air conditioning retirement communities and the overall population of Arizona has grown. The first binding internet election was completed, with high voter turnout, in Arizona.
The economy has gone from cotton, cattle, citrus and copper to health care, transportation, and government as the largest sectors. Tourism has had significant impact throughout Arizona’s history. Budding artist colonies and art scenes have had significant impact as well. Arizona is known for its Native American art. Film and music with connections to Arizona are vast. Major Hollywood films have been filmed there. Television shows have been filmed or set in Arizona. Musicians from Stevie Nicks to Alice Cooper to Dierks Bentley to composer Elliot Carter started in Arizona. Be inspired! Have a bright day!