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August 2nd, 2017

16 Things You Probably Never Knew About Arizona

Think you know a lot about Arizona?

You probably know the basics, like that the state flower is the Saguaro or that the Cactus Wren is the state bird.

And that it’s really, really hot.


Unless you’re a fifth grader writing a state report, random, fun facts are way more interesting.

For example, what do the names “Bonecrusher” and “Fang” have to do with Arizona?

You’ll have to keep reading to find out!

Here are some weird, fascinating, and sometimes-downright-strange tidbits of information about Arizona.

1.It’s illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs.

donkey arizona

The more you know…

2. The bolo tie is the official state neckwear.

bolo tie neckware arizona

Thank you, 1973.

3. Rattlesnakes bite around 150 people every year.

rettlesnake arizona

In other Arizona rattlesnake news, there are 13 different species of rattlesnake in Arizona – more than any other state.

The most common rattlesnake in the Grand Canyon has a pinkish color, just like the rocks.

Well played, rattlesnake, well played.

4. It’s a hot spot for entertainment.

the Gin Blossoms

Get it? “Hot” spot. It’s really hot in Arizona.

But, some pretty cool music and movies have come from the A-Z, including:

  • Bands like Jimmy Eat World, the Meat Puppets and the Gin Blossoms. It’s also where Stevie Nicks was born.
  • Movies like “Casablanca,” “Wayne’s World,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Raising Arizona” (duh), “Star Wars: A New Hope” and “Return of the Jedi” were all filmed, at least partially, in the state.

It’s also worth noting that the comic strip “The Family Circus” was created by Arizona native Bil Keane. He even features Scottsdale every once in awhile.

5. The sun shines more in Phoenix and Tucson than in Hawaii and Florida.

arizona heat

85% of the time, to be exact.

It’s pretty hot there.

6. Presidents like the Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix.
arizona baltimore







As a matter of fact, every president since Herbert Hoover has stayed there with the exception of Obama.

7. You can only find the Apache Trout Fish in Arizona.







If you’re craving some Apache Trout for dinner and you live in Maine, you better book a flight.

8. The Jerome Grand Hotel is thought to be among the most haunted locations in the country.

jerome grand hotel arizona

It used to be a hospital for miners. An old hospital…that’s not scary at all….

9. The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff was the spot from which Pluto was discovered.

The Lowell Observatory

Is it a planet? Is it not a planet? Who knows? Either way, it was discovered in Arizona and that’s pretty cool.

10. In 1936 the first barrel of tequila came from Nogales.

margarita tequilla

Margarita lovers, rejoice.

11. Bonecrusher and Fang are the names of stalactites in Colossal Cave.

You were wondering when we’d get back to Bonecrusher and Fang, weren’t you?

12. There are no dinosaur fossils in the Grand Canyon.
Grand canyon

The rocks there are believed to be older than the dinosaurs!

The fossils that can be found there are sponges and corals.

13. The most famous shootout in the Old West happened in Tombstone.

gunfight arizona

Maybe you’ve heard of a little thing called the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral?

Here’s an extra little fun fact: The gunfight only lasted 30 seconds.

14. Billy the Kid claimed his first victim in Bonita.

billy the kid

RIP Frank “Windy” Cahill.

15. 55 people have accidentally fallen to their deaths from the rim of the Grand Canyon.

grand canyon

Eight of them fell while in the course of hopping from one rock to another in an attempt to get a good picture.

Safety first, people. That’s what Photoshop is for.

16. Women were allowed to vote in Arizona eight years before it was a national right.

Way to go, Arizona!

Ready, Set, Go!

You now have an arsenal stocked full of weird, interesting and mindblowing Arizona facts.

You’re totally ready to stump your friends with your AZ knowledge.

Were you surprised by any of these fun facts?

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