as told by Marshall Trimble
BRAGS PART 1
are a land of anomalies and tamales. The
first white man to enter
was a black man.
His name was Esteban and he was a reconnaissance man for the
Expedition of 1540-1542.
would spend two years
searching for the fabled
He and his men were lost in
, lost in
, lost in
and lost in
It just goes to show that even back then men wouldn’t stop and ask for
Fiorello La Guardia, mayor of New York, visited
On a balmy December 25th in 1939 at the Biltmore Resort, Irving Berlin
wrote “White Christmas.”
spends more time in
than it does in
Back in 1858 a band of camels hitched a ride on a steamboat that was
plowing its way up the mighty
Grand Falls, on the Little Colorado River is bigger than Niagara Falls
when the river has water, a rare occurrence.
The mountain ranges of southern
are called “
” by biologists, who regard
them the most diverse in biotic life of any place in the
In the summer of 2005 an alligator was caught in Pakoon Spring on the
Strip, north of the
. A few years ago the skeleton
of a whale was found in the usually dry
OTHER SUBJECTS TO PONDER OR BORE YOUR FRIENDS AT A COCKTAIL
Lost Dutchman was a German, and as far as we know, he wasn’t lost. The
Gunfight at OK Corral didn’t occur there.
The famous“Street Fight” took place on
2 Block 17 between Fly’s
Photo Gallery and the Harwood house.
folks living in the town of
, on the
Strip have to drive 360 miles
and travel through three states just to get to their county seat at Kingman.
of the Old West’s most notorious feuds was fought at a place called
never visited Montezuma’s Castle. It
was abandoned 100 years before the Mexican emperor was even born.
first automobile in
was the aptly-named
Locomobile and was owned by Dr. Hiram Fenner of
He also had the first auto license and the first auto accident when he
collided with a saguaro cactus.
first cowboy movie star was a woman, Dorothy Fay of
Ritter and was the mother of
actor John Ritter.
Mix’s horse Tony, was the most famous of the steeds ridden by the silver
screen cowboys. Tony was a native
Arizonan, born in
He was the only horse to star in his own film, and as far as I know, the
only horse who had a stunt double while
his rider, Mix did his own stunts.f
is nestled in the largest
stand of ponderosa pine in the world but it got its name from a tall, bushy
saloonkeeper named Walt Rigney. Soldiers
called him “Old Pinetop”
and when people began settling in the area they named the town Pinetop.
is a town called Snowflake. It was
named for rancher William J. Flake and Mormon apostle, Erastus Snow.
got its name when soldiers
told prospector, Ed Schieffelin that all he’d find in the Apache infested
country would be his tombstone. He
struck it rich and named the town that sprung up around it,
It had a rough and ready reputation and today lives on past glory.
Folks there never lost their sense of humor either.
There’s a beauty salon in town named the “Curl up and Dye.”
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