Thursday, March 24

Facts about Arizona

Hi everyone! Who is ready to learn some cool facts about Arizona??

It is time to learn about the states! I will be posting facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week we posted about Alaska. This week we are posting facts about Arizona.

Did you know that Arizona is the 48th state to join the union? Arizona officially joined the union on February 14, 1912! February 14 is also Valentine’s Day! Arizona is located in the Southwestern region of the United States. Arizona is bordered by five other states: California, Colorado (only borders by a corner), Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Arizona is the sixth (6th) largest state in the United States. There are over 7.2 million people living there. That is a lot of people!!


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Facts about Arizona:

1. A few things Arizona is known for are the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam. The nickname for the state of Arizona is: The Grand Canyon State. The Arizona state motto is Ditat Deus which means GOD Enriches. The abbreviation for Arizona is AZ.

2. The capital of Arizona is Phoenix. Phoenix became the capital of Arizona on February 4, 1889. Phoenix has a population of just over 1.6 million people.

3. The Arizona state bird is the Cactus Wren. The Cactus Wren is brown in coloring and has a whitish or tannish chest with black speckles.

4. The Arizona official state flower is the Saguaro. The Saguaro flowers bloom on the Saguaro cactus. The Saguaro flower is white with a yellowish center. They are very beautiful flowers!

5. The Arizona state flag became the official flag in 1917. The Arizona state flag features a copper star that stands for the copper production in Arizona. The red and yellow stripes (rays) at the top of the flag stand for the original 13 colonies of the United States and it also stands for Arizona’s beautiful sunsets and landscapes. The blue on the bottom of the flag is for freedom and possibly the great Colorado river which carved out the Grand Canyon.

6. Some crops that are grown in Arizona are: cabbage, carrots, onions, lettuce, cotton, hay, and potatoes.

7. There are 22 National Parks in Arizona. Here is a list of four of the National Parks in Arizona:

    Grand Canyon National Park

    Petrified Forest National Park

    Saguaro National Park

    Canyon de Chelly National Park

    Organ Pipe Cactus National Park


8. Tarantulas and Rattlesnakes live in Arizona. They are very dangerous and should only be handled by professionals. Some of the other animals that live in Arizona are: Black Bears, Coyotes, Deer, Javelina, Ringtail cat, and Skunk. Never go near wild animals. 

9. Arizona is one of the hottest states in the United States. The hottest temperature ever record in Arizona was 128 degrees Fahrenheit in Lake Havasu City on June 29, 1994. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Arizona was -40 degrees (40 degrees below zero) in Hawley Lake Arizona on January 7, 1971.


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Books about Arizona:

1. What's Great about Arizona? by Rebecca Hirsch

2. Hello, Arizona! by Martha Zschock

3. Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

4. Good Night Arizona by Adam Gamble

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