Sep 302019
 
Photo - Jet Flow gates open for testing, June 1998.

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam (originally Boulder Dam) was dedicated in 1936. The dam, located at the border of Nevada and Arizona, captures water from the Colorado River. Constructed between 1931 and 1936, it was a marvel at the time and remains an amazing structure. The dam has created Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States. The dam controls flood waters and provides hydroelectric power to Nevada, Arizona, and California. It is also quite a tourist attraction. Children can learn some SUPER facts at: Hoover Dam.

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Oct 102019
 
London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

London Bridge was moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, in 1971. Spanning the River Thames, London Bridge was built in 1831. However, by around 1970 the bridge was not structurally sound for modern traffic. The government planned to dismantle it. Robert P. McCulloch, founder of Lake Havasu City, purchased the bridge. The pieces were dismantled, numbered, shipped to Arizona, and reassembled. The bridge, connecting portions of Lake Havasu City, also became a tourist attraction.

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Dec 092019
 
Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest National Park was founded in 1962. In addition to the magnificent Petrified Forest, visitors can find Indian ruins and parts of the Painted Desert. Children can visit the Arizona park’s website to examine amazing photographs, great interactive activities, story hour, and even coloring sheets at: http://www.nps.gov/pefo.

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Feb 022020
 

Map of Land Affected by the Treaty

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed in 1848, ending the war between Mexico and the United States. In return for fifteen million dollars from the United States, Mexico gave up the land that became California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Texas also became part of the United States. Children can learn more at: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

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Feb 142020
 
Arizona State Flag

Arizona State Flag

Arizona became the forty-eighth state of the United States in 1912. The word “Arizona” derives from a Pima or Papago word meaning, “place of small springs.” It was relatively unpopulated until the wide spread use of air conditioners. It still faces the problem of water scarcity. The bolo tie is the state’s official neckwear. Children could visit an Internet site at: Arizona.

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Feb 262020
 
view from patio of grand canyon lodge on the north rim

View from the North Rim

Grand Canyon National Park was created in 1919. Over millions of years the Colorado River has cut a deep gorge through Arizona. The park occupies over one million acres of land. Children can visit a website at: http://www.nps.gov/grca . They can also read more at: Grand Canyon.

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