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Arizona Highways Magazine April 2017

For more than 90 years, Arizona Highways has delighted readers with award winning journalism and photography, reflecting Arizona’s stature as one of the top vacation destinations around the globe. Every issue showcases the most amazing photography and valuable information you need to enjoy the unique and diverse travel destinations in and around the state.

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editor’s letter

Rodgers and Hammerstein get most of the credit, but we had a little something to do with Oklahoma!, too. The movie, not the musical. Like many things in the history of Arizona Highways, our involvement was serendipitous. In this case, it goes back to the 1950s, when a road crew for the production company was scouting locations for the film. They started in Oklahoma, for obvious reasons, but after racking up more than 250,000 miles in the Sooner State, they gave up and made the call. “Ummm ... hello, Mr. Hammerstein. I’m afraid we’ve got some bad news. We’ve looked everywhere, and this isn’t going to work. Not in Oklahoma, anyway. Too many oil wells cluttering the landscape. There’s no way to recreate the wide-open spaces that existed in the early…

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SCOTT BAXTER Scott Baxter, a frequent Arizona Highways contributor, and Kelly Vaughn, our managing editor, share a passion: Santa Cruz County, the focus of this month’s issue on Sonoita and Patagonia. “If Kelly and I were each to pick our favorite county in the state, it would probably be Santa Cruz,” Baxter says. This month, his photos accompany two of Vaughn’s pieces: an essay on the late Jim Harrison (see Dear Jim ... , page 32) and a profile of country singer Mark Wystrach (see It’s Good to Be Home, page 44). Baxter’s chance meeting with Harrison several years ago led to an earlier Arizona Highways story on the legendary writer, but Baxter wasn’t familiar with Wystrach — not right away, anyway. “He ended up being really down to earth —…

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letters I LOVED THE ESSAY TITLED Balancing Act [February 2017]. From the headline on, Kelly Vaughn’s article captures the family trip with the best and fewest of words. I just sent it to my son, a believer in Vaughn’s “grand idea.” I will forever carry an image of her two children grabbing each other’s hands under that dark Arizona sky — the sky I remember from my own Arizona childhood. Michèle Peterson, Santa Barbara, California BALANCING ACT An Essay by Kelly Vaughn The Petrified Forest portfolio is amazing [February 2017]. However, I’m confused. If the age of many of the trees and, I assume, tree pieces are more than 200 million years old, why is it that many of the petrified tree sections appear to have been sawed cleanly apart? A bit more of the scientific…

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fort apache historic park

FORT APACHE, located on the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s land in Eastern Arizona, has seen several uses in its nearly 150-year history. It was established as a U.S. Army post in the 1870s and became a focal point of the Apache Wars. When the Army abandoned the post in the 1920s, the Interior Department took over, repurposing some of the buildings for use as the Theodore Roosevelt Indian Boarding School. The tribe now operates the site’s school, which became a National Historic Landmark in 2012. It and the other old Army buildings — including the Fort Apache adjutant’s office (pictured), built of adobe around 1876 and now used as a post office — are part of Fort Apache Historic Park. A historic district that encompasses the park has been on…

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frank lloyd wright

Architect, writer and educator Frank Lloyd Wright was as prolific as he was creative. Of the more than 1,100 works he designed or influenced, more than 500 were built, and several of those, including the David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix and Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium in Tempe, are still standing in Arizona today. Wright’s creations fit seamlessly in Arizona’s desert landscape, as they did in other parts of the U.S. But each Wright building is also a symbol of the architect’s approach to his craft. He strived for “organic architecture” and wanted every design to respect not just its landscape, but also its client and materials. “Constant reference to the principles of Nature is the only sure basis of the true Image — whether in Arizona, Africa or the South-Sea…

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q&a: john sherman

JK: Tell us about this photograph. JS: This is an osprey at Frances Short Pond in Flagstaff. An osprey will hover above a body of water, then dive to the surface to catch a fish. As it climbs back into the air with the fish in its grasp, it’ll shake off the water, as this osprey is doing. JK: Why do you like photographing these birds? JS: Their behavior is pretty predictable, and it’s exciting to watch them dive in to catch a fish — they’re generally really good at it. It’s always funny to see a bunch of people fishing at the pond and not catching anything, and then an osprey shows up and gets a fish right away. I’ve got a crazy photo of one taking off with a trout that…