Arizona's state motto is Ditat Deus in Latin, translating as "God Enriches." Its nickname is The Grand Canyon State named for its unmatched vistas riding along its rim. The grand canyon was formed by the uplifting of the Colorado plateau and erosion caused by the Colorado River over a period of 6 million years. Nearly two billion years of the Earth's history can be observed in the layers of exposed rock. Prehistoric native Americans built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon a holy site and made pilgrimages to it.
Arizona is the 48th state and last of the contiguous (connected) states to be admitted to the Union, achieving statehood on February 14, 1912. It was previously part of the territory of Alta California in New Spain before being passed down to independent Mexico and later ceded to the United States after the Mexican-American War. The southernmost portion of the state was acquired in 1853 through the Gadsden Purchase.
|Arizona is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States|
known as one of the Four Corners states.
|Arizona Great Seal|
The Arizona tree frog was designated the state amphibian of Arizona in 1986. Elected by the school children of Arizona during the "Arizona Wildlife Awareness" program in 1985 (sponsored by Arizona Game & Fish Commission), the Arizona tree frog won over the other three finalists: the red spotted toad, the Colorado River toad, and the spadefoot toad.
The state bird of Arizona is the cactus wren,
officially recognized in 1931.
The largest North American wren (7-9 inches),
cactus wrens are native to the arid southwestern
United States extending to central Mexico.
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Saddle Up!The state song of Arizona is also referred to as the Arizona State Anthem. Margaret Rowe Clifford is the author of the official state song, which is titled the "Arizona March Song." Maurice Blumenthal composed the music for anthem, and it was officially recognized by the Arizona Legislature on February 28,1919. In 1981, famous country-western singer and actor Rex Allen, Jr. wrote a song entitled "Arizona" that became the alternative to the official state song.
Hold on to your horses?
nope, put them aside
'tis the mule you'll need
for this wondrous ride
The Ponderosa Forest
Piñon and Juniper woodlands
boast of copious wildlife
once dodged by hoodlums
The road is rocky
the cliffs are steep
with the edge so near
steady grip you'll keep
From the rim of a canyon cliff
a panoramic view appears
so breathtaking its beauty
visions recapped demand tears
pierce the stillness of the air
hues of vivid blue-green color
pools of splendor do declare
Looking over the Colorado River
resting from a rough 'n' tough ride
the journey on mule back
echoes emotions of joyous pride
This is America, this is Arizona!
Sharla Lee Shults
Arizona Facts and Trivia