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Arizona Highways Magazine April 2019

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

Some trains run on steam. Some on diesel. Ours runs on pizza, pastries and Pepe’s Taco Villa. That’s where we go to lunch almost every Friday. Playboy once described a dive as “a rare place where high and low rub elbows — bums and poets, thieves and slumming celebrities — a place that wears its history proudly.” If you associate the word “dive” with disagreeable, then Pepe’s isn’t a dive. It’s an antonym. It’s nothing fancy, though. That’s for sure. The booths are brown Naugahyde, or some other polyvinyl plastic. The walls are bright yellow, like Homer Simpson with a bit of sun. And the drinks are served in 24-ounce Carlisle Coca-Cola tumblers. It’s nothing fancy, but the food is delicious and the service is even better. I can’t remember the first…

2 min.

DAVID ZICKL This month, David Zickl contributed innovative photos from some of our editorial team’s regular hangouts (see These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things, page 46). The assignment, he says, was a natural fit. “In February 2009, I decided to put down my camera and pick up a knife,” Zickl says. “Nine months later, after graduating with honors from the Arizona Culinary Institute, I picked up my camera again and began a culinary journey.” For this issue, that journey included Phoenix Public Market Café, whose owner, Aaron Chamberlin, is a friend of Zickl’s; and Windsor, where Zickl previously photographed owner Craig DeMarco. But some of the other restaurants were new to him. “Knowing that all of these restaurants are locally grown and family owned was a nice surprise,” he…

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editor@arizonahighways.com MY VERY FIRST COPY of Arizona Highways was the February 2019 issue. Two articles were of special interest: Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé and Point of View by Charles Bowden. (“Every inch of the rim brings to our eyes more than we will understand.… This understanding is beyond our ability with words.”) The first time I drove up and looked over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, my mind started to search for a category in which to place this wonder of nature. After a short time, I resolved that there was no match for this great chasm; it was a category unto itself. (“We can feel it but we can never say it.”) Words, photographs, paintings go into this category, but do not really add to our…

1 min.
pied-billed grebes

Pied-billed grebes (Podilymbus podiceps) are some of the most common and wide spread grebes in Arizona. They aren’t very social, and they often are found alone in ponds and marshes. If disturbed, they will slowly sink until only their heads are above water. They forage underwater for their diet of insects, crustaceans and fish. Breeding is a secretive process for these birds, often leading them to hide in marshes and make unique calling noises. In this photo, a young pied-billed grebe is hitching a ride on its parent’s back. ADDITIONAL READING: To learn more about Arizona’s wildlife, pick up a copy of the Arizona Highways Wildlife Guide, which features 125 of the state’s native birds, mammals, reptiles and other animal species. To order online, visit www.shoparizonahighways.com.…

2 min.
hotel congress

Hotel Congress is celebrating 100 years of being part of the Tucson community. And the history of one of the oldest continuously operated hotels in Arizona is marked by key events in the state’s history — and even a bit of true crime. The hotel, which officially opened in 1919 after a “soft opening” in November 1918, might be best known for a gang bust after a fire broke out in 1934. The resulting evacuation blew the cover for the Dillinger Gang and led to the arrest of serial bank robber John Dillinger (who eventually escaped before being shot dead in Chicago later that year). The fugitive’s capture is commemorated every January with Dillinger Days, a weekend of re-enactments and other events. It took the hotel six years to recover from the…

1 min.
this month in history

On April 9, 1959, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed hundreds of iconic buildings in Arizona and elsewhere, dies at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix at age 89. In the face of opposition from miners and ranchers, President Franklin D. Roosevelt establishes Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, along Arizona’s border with Mexico, on April 13, 1937. On April 18, 1539, Fray Marcos de Niza, on his quest for the Seven Cities of Cibola, arrives upon a village called Ojio, north of present-day Oracle. He writes that the villagers offer him food and gifts, which he does not accept.…