1.  The Saguaro cactus is the largest cactus found in the U.S.  It can grow as high as a five-story building and is native to the Sonoran Desert, which stretches across southern Arizona.
  2. Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, grew up on a large family ranch near Duncan, AZ.
  3. The city of Phoenix was named for the mythical Egyptian phoenix bird-which burst into flame and was reborn from its ashes-because the town sprouted from the ruins of a former civilization.
  4.  Santa Cruz County (1,237 sq. miles) is the smallest of Arizona’s 15 counties, but is larger than more than 72 countries.
  5.  Spanish Franciscan friar Marcos de Niza was the first European to explore Arizona.  He entered the area in 1539 in search of the mythical Seven Cities of Gold.
  6.  The best-preserved meteor crater in the world is located near Winslow, Arizona.
  7.  Camels were imported in the 1850s to survey the future Route 66 across northern Arizona.
  8.  The Arizona Cardinals are the oldest continuous franchise in the National Football League dating back to 1898.
  9.  The worst range war and family feud in the West, which claimed the lives of dozens of ranchers, ironically occurred in a place called Pleasant Valley, Arizona.
  10.  The average state elevation is 4,000 feet.