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   Phoenix Arizona 1. If you cut down an endangered cactus like this Saguaro in Arizona, you could face up to a year in prison. 2. It can take up to 100 years for a Saguaro cactus to grow an arm in areas of low precipitation. 3. There are 685 recorded deaths to date that have occurred at the Grand Canyon from both accidents and health-related issues. 4. Of the 55 people who have accidentally fallen to their death from the rim of the Canyon, 39 of them were male. Eight of those men fell while hopping from one rock to another to pose for that perfect profile picture. 5. Billy the Kid killed his first victim named Frank “Windy” Cahill in Bonita. 6. If you stood four 1,300-foot tall skyscrapers on top of each other, they still would not reach the rim of the Grand Canyon. 7. The world’s largest solar telescope is located at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Sells. 8. The legendary 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in the Arizona Territory town of Tombstone is considered the most famous shootout in the American Old West and lasted only 30 seconds. 9. There is more than 1 billion years’ worth of rock exposed at the Grand Canyon. 10. Arizona is large enough to fit all of New England plus the state of Pennsylvania inside of it. 11. Women in Arizona were granted the right to vote eight years before national suffrage. 12. There aren’t any dinosaur fossils at the Grand Canyon because the rocks are way older than the dinosaurs. The only fossils you’ll find are things like corals, sponges, and trilobites. 13. Arizona has the largest percentage of land designated as Indian lands, and 21 federally recognized American Indian tribes. 14. Colossal Cave is one of the biggest dry caverns in the world, with stalactites with names like Bonecrusher and Fang. 15. One Native American tribe called the Havasupai Indians live inside the Grand Canyon in a village located near Havasu Creek. 16. Next time you enjoy a refreshing margarita, thanks, Arizona. The country's first barrel of tequila came out of Nogales in 1936. 17. Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh with an astrograph telescope at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff on February 18, 1930. Sorry about the “not a planet anymore” thing, bro. 18. Arizona was good to music in the ‘90s: The Meat Puppets, Jimmy Eats World & The Gin Blossoms among others were all from Arizona. 19. It’s illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs. Take of that what you will. 20. You can find Roadrunners running up to 17mph from their enemies in Arizona. Dynamite-wielding Coyotes remain harder to spot. 21. The best-preserved meteor crater in the world is in Winslow, Arizona. 22. Jerome Grand Hotel, once a hospital for the town's miners, is believed to be one of the most haunted places in Arizona. 23. Arizona has 13 species of rattlesnakes, more than any other state. 24. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright began building his desert studio Taliesin West in 1937 and used it as his winter home. 25. Although Arizona is the sixth largest state in area, only about 17 percent of it is privately owned. The rest goes to the public forest and park lands, state trust lands, and Native American reservations. 26. The comic strip “The Family Circus” was created by Paradise Valley native Bil Keane, and is sometimes set in Scottsdale. 27. Every American president since Herbert Hoover has stayed at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, except for President Obama. Source: Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Facebook 28. Mine Inspector is an elected government position in Arizona. 29. The Apache Trout Fish is only found in Arizona. 30. The roof of the Capitol building of Arizona has a copper roof equivalent to 4.8 million pennies. 31. Possibly Arizona's most famous criminal, Ernesto Miranda, is the man responsible for mandated Miranda laws. 32. The world’s tallest Kachina doll stands in Carefree, Arizona at 39 feet tall. 33. The Arizona Cardinals are the longest running continuous franchise in the NFL, dating back to 1898. 34. The sun shines in Phoenix and Tucson 85 percent of the year, even more than Florida and Hawaii. 35. Arizona is the only state besides Hawaii that does not observe Daylight Savings time. 36. The films “Casablanca,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom,” “Tank Girl,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Wayne’s World,” “Raising Arizona,” “Star Wars: A New Hope” and “Return of the Jedi” were filmed all or in part on Arizona soil. 37. Arizona has almost double the amount of wilderness area as the entire Midwest. 38. Morton Salt has been mining a salt deposit in unincorporated Glendale since the mid-1980s that are about 40 square miles wide and more than half a mile thick. 39. The world’s oldest rodeo is in Prescott—but the oldest continuous rodeo is in Payson. 40. For a few hundred bucks a night you can sleep 22 stories underground in a hotel room of sorts in the Grand Canyon Caverns in Peach Springs. Not for claustrophobics. 41. Most historians agree that the westernmost Civil War battle took place in 1862 at Picacho Pass, 50 miles northwest of Tucson. 42. In 1973, the bolo tie was designated as Arizona’s official state neckwear. 43. About 150 people are bitten by rattlesnakes every year in Arizona. 44. The most common rattlesnake in the Grand Canyon has an unusual pink hue; that blends in with the rocks. Not cool. 45. The sundial in Carefree, Arizona is one of the world’s largest, measuring 90 feet across. 46. The last volcanic eruption in Arizona took place sometime around A.D. 1064 and created Sunset Crater near Flagstaff. 47. In 1956, two planes detoured over the Grand Canyon’s airspace for a better view and ended up colliding directly over the canyon. The FAA was created in 1958 as a result. 48. The Queen of Mystical Rock-n-Roll herself, Stevie Nicks, was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. Source: Flickr user Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer 49. According to the National Weather Service, the biggest snowfall ever recorded in Phoenix measured one inch—once in 1933 and again in 1937. 50. The unexplained incident now known as “The Lights Over Phoenix” occurred on March 13, 1997, when Phoenix residents and even the governor claimed to have seen a stationary aircraft in their sky for 106 minutes described as “otherworldly.”