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Why is Snowflake Arizona named Snowflake?


See Place link.


Comanche was once the most famous horse in America. Why?


Comanche was purported to be the only living thing that the US cavalry got back from the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Roadside America tells the entire story at:  http://www.roadsideamerica.com/pet/comanche.html

Custer and all 200+ of his soldiers were dead, and all the horses that survived had been taken by the Indians, except Comanche, who was injured.


1.    Joseph Farwell Glidden created Barbed Wire patented in 1874. True or False?

2.    Fort Thomas is actually the second Fort Thomas site, formally Fort Grant. True or False?

3.    Bodies of slain solders were filled with arrows and mutilated by the Sioux because they hated the white man. True or False?

4.    The Fetterman massacre was part of the “Little Big Horn” battle.

5. What is the name of Arizona's Living Historical Museum north of Phoenix? 


1.     True. Joseph Farwell Glidden (1813-1906)

A native of New Hampshire, Joseph Glidden was an Illinois farmer when he developed a commonplace product that would transform the West, barbed wire.

Before this innovation, settlers on the treeless plains had no easy way to fence livestock away from cropland, and ranchers had no way to prevent their herds from roaming far and wide. Patented in 1874, Glidden’s barbed wire opened the plains to large-scale farming, and closed the open range, bringing the era of the cowboy and the round-up to an end. With his partner, Isaac L. Ellwood, Glidden formed the Barb Fence Company of De Kalb, Illinois, and quickly became one of the wealthiest men in the nation. He died in De Kalb in 1906.

2.       True. 6.21 The parade ground at Camp Grant, Arizona Territory, a baked and barren outpost typical of the "forts" U. S. troops manned on the frontier. Photographed by John Hillers c. 1870. (National Archives [106-WB-100])

3.       True. The Sioux believed mutilation of the body of the enemy prevented them from fighting in the “Spirit” afterlife, therefore rendering the enemy, soldier of enemy tribe ineffective as a warrior forever.  … Indian exhibit 1962 Scottsbluff Historical Museum Scottsbluff NE.

4.      False

5. Pioneer Living History Museum

The following are excerpts from Marshall Trimble's "Arizona Trivia" 


1. What place was once known as the dude ranch capital of Arizona?     

2. Name the capital city of the Navajo Nation.                                                                                          

3. What is the name of Arizona's living historical museum north of Phoenix?                                   

4. Where are "Andy Devine Days" held?                                                                          

5. Where is the Bird Cage Theater?                                                                                                       

6. What is the capital of Arizona's neighbor, Sonora, Mexico?                                                      

7. Where is Mars Hill?                                                                                                                 

8. What city hosts the Rodeo of Rodeos?                                                                                             

9. What are Surprise and Why?                                                                                                   

10. What frontier military post was located near Tucson?                                                    

11. What trail was formerly known as the Cameron Trail?                                                  

12.  What community calls itself "The Town too Tough to die?"                                                        


1.     Wickenburg                                      

2.     Window Rock  

3.     Pioneer Arizona

4.     Kingman

5.     Tombstone  

6.     Hermosillo

7.     Flagstaff

8.     Phoenix    

9.     Arizona communities

10.     Fort Lowell

11.     Bright Angel Trail (Grand Canyon)      

12.     Tombstone    

The following are excerpts from Marshall Trimblel's "Arizona Trivia" 


1. What Arizona city’s name means big house?                                                                 

2. What should you not wear to the Pinnacle Peak Patio Restaurant?                                  

3. What Tucson resort hotel's name means” the conqueror” in Spanish?                             

4.  In what city is Fort Whipple Veteran’s Hospital located?                                                           

5. Name one Arizona community with the same name as a U. S. President.                          

6. Name one of Arizona's “mile-high" cities.                                                                          

7. What city is located in Tombstone Canyon?                                                                     

8. What are Davis and Horse Mesa?                                                                                     

9. Where is Arizona's U.S. Marine Corps Air Station?                                                          

10.What Arizona city is the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum near?                1

11. Where is the world's deepest dam?                                                                          

12. Where is the Lavender pit?       


1.  Casa Grande                                                                                  

2. A necktie

3. Tucson’s El Conquistador

4.  Prescott 

5. Coolidge, Roosevelt, Johnson, Taylor, & Fort Grant

6. Prescott or Bisbee

7. Bisbee

8. Arizona Dams

9. Yuma

10.  Superior

11.  Parker Dam (Lake Havasu)

12. Bisbee 


1.What small, eastern Arizona community owns its own prehistoric ruins?      

2.Who is entombed in a pyramid in Phoenix Papago Park?

3.What town derives its name from the old Spanish pronunciation of the Biblical phrase, "My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me?


1. Springerville (Casa Malpai)

2. Gov George Hunt & Family

3. Eloy


How and why the town of Tuba City got its name?


According to  Arizona Names: X Marks the Spot, by Byrd Howell Granger, and Arizona Place Names, by Will Barnes. Tuba City, on the Navajo Reservation, was founded in the 1880s as a Mormon colony. It was named for Tuba, a Hopi chief who often served as a guide for the Mormon pioneers. In Hopi, Tuba means "pine tree." The Navajos called the place "tangled waters."  Its post office opened in 1884.  Herbert Gregory, an early historian, wrote of Tuba City, "Tuba is a veritable oasis - a patch of green in the midst of a forbidding desert. It has been the seat of an agricultural population long antedating the discovery of America. The Spanish padres found the ancestors of the Hopi cultivating corn and cotton in fields centuries old. There is a giant spring there."


At the corner of Cactus and Cave Creek roads, there used to be the town of Cactus. How and why named that?


The town of Cactus originally was going to be called Pass City, but the name was changed to Cactus because there were so many catcus around there. Its post office opened in May 1918 and was closed in January 1964. According to Granger, there are 16 places in Arizona with "cactus" in their names.


Where did the name Surprise come from?


Surprise, Arizona was named after developer Homer C. Ludden's hometown of Surprise, Nebraska.



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