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Arizona or the “Grand Canyon State” as it is commonly known became the 48th state on Feb 14 1912. Arizona is the home of the Grand Canyon National Park.
The state is also known as the “copper state” due to the large deposits of copper and other minerals found in the state. Arizona's most abundant mineral is copper.
Origin of state’s name: The states name owes it origin to the Indian word for “place of small spring”
Population: The state has a population in excess of 5 million people based on the last census in 2000.
Phoenix is the state capital and the state is bordered by California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. Phoenix came to be originally as a hay camp to supply Camp McDowell.
Economy: Agriculture and industry drive the economy. Agriculture includes cotton growing, cattle, dairy and nursery stock. The main industries include mining especially copper and other minerals, food processing, heavy equipment manufacture, tourism, printing and publishing
Driver’s license information, applications, testing requirements, driver’s manuals and testing locations can all be found on the website of the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) which is a division of the Arizona Department of Transportation.
State Song: The state song is “Arizona” and signs the praises of this great state.
State Flower: The state flower is the Saguaro cactus which is the largest cactus in the U.S. The flower is unusual in that it has a waxy coat and only opens at night and closes in the daytime.
State Bird: The state bird is the Cactus Wren which likes to build more than one next as decoys to predators but only lives in one.
State Motto: The state motto is “God enriches”
Natural Wonders: Arizona is a state rich in natural wonders including, the Grand Canyon, The Petrified Forest/ Painted Desert and the Colorado River.
Arizona - Interesting Facts
Arizona – Famous People
Many famous people were born and raised in Arizona and many famous people call Arizona their home today. This includes actors, athletes, authors, politicians and entertainers. These includeLynda Carter the actress AKA wonder woman who is from Phoenix and the great jazz musician and composer Charles Mingus Nogales. Linda Ronstadt the well known and brilliant singer hails from Tucson and Louie Espinoza Arizona's first world champion boxer is from Chandler and his fellow world champion boxer hails from Phoenix.
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