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August 16th, 2017

13 Most Interesting Facts About Scottsdale

This isn’t your average touristy article about Scottsdale.

You can read any old list to find out about the breathtaking scenery and the historical places that you can visit in the city.

We’re going to take a look at some of Scottsdale’s most intriguing, interesting, weird and funny facts.

You could say this is investigative journalism at its finest. Well, FUNnest.

Here are 13 things that you may not have known about Scottsdale.

1. Fabulous fire trucks.

Who wants to see boring old red fire engines racing down their city streets?

Scottsdale fights fires in style with chartreuse trucks.

Take that, Every-Other-City-in-America.

2. Bigfoot’s long-lost brother.

Ever heard of the Mogollon Monster?

He’s a creature who is thought to roam the desert around Scottsdale.

The Mogollon Monster could be a “she.”

Chances are you won’t care that much about the gender if you run into him/her on a dark night.

3. Scottsdale hearts chili.

They love it enough to have made it the official food of the city in 1994.

4. Cowboy up.

There’s an actual cowboy college in Scottsdale.

It’s called the Arizona Cowboy College and you can major in Cowboy-ing.

5. I scream, you scream, we all scream for…prickly pear

Prickly pear is an edible cactus.

In Scottsdale, they make a popular ice cream from it.

It’s a desert dessert.

6. Highway to Hell

It’s not proven, but this may be where AC/DC came up with the song.

There’s a hole near Scottsdale that leads to the Superstition Mountains.

Except, the Apache Indians believe that it actually leads to Hell.

It’s probably better to be safe than sorry.

7. Party on, Wayne.

Did you know that the movie “Wayne’s World” was filmed in Scottsdale?

No way!


8. Signs, signs, everywhere signs

Or not.

In the early 1970s, the city authorities felt that signs and billboards were a safety hazard and that they were to blame for a slew of traffic accidents.

The case actually went to the Supreme Court.

9. Fore!

In February 2013, 179,033 people attended the PGA Golf Tour at the Stadium Course in Scottsdale, setting a record for the largest crowd.

The question is, how were they able to keep that many people quiet?

10. Orange you glad I didn’t say Orangedale?

The founders of Scottsdale – George and Winfield Scott – gave their new town the name “Orangedale.”

This was probably due to the plentiful citrus groves in the area.

Real clever, guys.

The name was officially changed to Scottsdale in 1894.

11. Rawwwhiiiiide

Many of the non-locals mistakenly think that Rawhide is the quintessential western town.

In actuality, it’s an amusement park.

There are gun shows and dancing, which is kind of like the wild west.

12. Can I catch a ride….to the afterlife?

Have you heard of the Anthem Hitchhiker?

If you don’t want to chance an encounter with this character, don’t drive too far north on route 17.

The story is that he’s the ghost of a hitchhiker who was supposedly killed on his way to Phoenix.

13. America’s garbage crews are grateful, Scottsdale.

If you’ve ever noticed the robotic arms on garbage trucks you’ll understand what a fabulous invention they were for waste management crews all over the country.

Guess where they were invented?

Yep, good old Scottsdale.

Feel smarter?

You should because you now know some of the most fascinating facts about Orangedale.

Oops, Scottsdale!

Do you know any weird, wild, interesting, scary or funny facts about Scottsdale?

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