Chin - A giant bronze eagle impaled on a three story saguaro
beckons visitors to drop their coins into Harrah's slots. If you're
lucky you might win a $330,000 jackpot like Herminia Rodriquez did in
1997--before having it taken away--and then given back.
Junction - Apaches--Yes, Indians!--used the trail to raid the
tribes that settled along the Salt River. Then the whites came,
built roads, a dam, and trailer parks.
Speaking of roads, you ought to see Silly
Where can you find a 25 foot tall tin hobo when you need one? How
about in front of a meat packing plant?
Gateway - They built Williams in 1941 to train pilots for the Army
Air Corps. Now ASU trains students, and Boeing fixes aircraft at the old
- Take a few swimming champions, mix in the most costly savings and loan
failure ever, for good measure add some censured US Senators. Now,
what planned community do you have?
A charming old school...not much more.
- The future isn't what it used to be--except in Gila Bend where a flying
saucer marks lodgings for travelers, extraterrestrial and otherwise.
Or stay where a writer died mysteriously during the filming of "The
Man Who Loved Cat Dancing."
||Luke Air Force
Base - It was in Pearl Harbor. Now it's here. Wherever
it is, it could have been named after you if you were good at shooting
down balloons and other stuff the Germans put up in the sky.
original 85 arrived following instructions from Salt Lake City. They
discarded polygamy and built a temple. Along the way, they built cool
houses, some of which are still standing and open to prying eyes and
||Phoenix at the
BOB - Who would have guessed that the upstart Diamondbacks would
come from behind to win the 2001 World Series over the perpetual champion
Yankees? Maybe Mary Rose Wilcox, the only county Supervisor to survive
re-election and an assassin's bullet after voting for taxpayer funding of
the Bank One Ballpark.
Googie - 1950's commercial architects tried their best to
transform Phoenix into the Jetson's home planet. Not many boomerang
shaped roofs still float atop sheet glass, but we have located a
couple. Grand Slam anyone?
and the Miranda Warnings - You have the right to remain
silent about that kidnapping and rape. And your killer has the right
to remain silent about the knifing. This is where it all started!
Streets - Trees, dead presidents, mountains, schools, hospitals
and generals are all honored by street names. Come see which honor
- A railroad, a mine, a creek. Enough for a page.
O'Connor & Her Courthouse- The Federal courthouse in Phoenix
is named in honor of the first woman appointed to the United States
city hall only looks like it was built upside down. It's but
one of a number of things that Tempe does differently.