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Arizona Highways MagazineArizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine July 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Arizona Department of Transportation
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IN THIS ISSUE

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editor’s letter

I grew up 47 miles from Taliesin — Frank Lloyd Wright’s summer home in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Now, I’m 12 miles from Taliesin West, his winter compound in North Scottsdale. My link to the legendary architect, however, has nothing to do with the proximity of our front doors. The nexus, if there is one, is Raymond Carlson. Although both of our names have appeared in the same place on this magazine’s masthead, many decades of continental drift have made my world very different from his. I suppose some things are better in the 21st century, most of them because of Steve Jobs, but the stature of the position has changed. In the 1950s, being the editor of Arizona Highways carried the respect of a nobleman. And the queue of visitors was…

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arizona highways

800-543-5432 www.arizonahighways.com GIFT SHOP: 602-712-2200 PUBLISHER Kelly Mero EDITOR Robert Stieve SENIOR EDITOR/BOOKS EDITOR Kelly Vaughn MANAGING EDITOR Noah Austin ASSOCIATE EDITOR/VIDEO EDITOR Ameema Ahmed PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Jeff Kida CREATIVE DIRECTOR Barbara Glynn Denney ART DIRECTOR Keith Whitney MAP DESIGNER Kevin Kibsey PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Michael Bianchi DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING Karen Farugia WEBMASTER Victoria Snow CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Nicole Bowman DIRECTOR OF FINANCE Matthew Bailey OPERATIONS/IT MANAGER Cindy Bormanis GOVERNOR Douglas A. Ducey DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION John S. Halikowski…

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contributors

LAWRENCE W. CHEEK Writer Lawrence W. Cheek’s three contributions to this issue complete a 35-year circle: His first work for Arizona Highways was a 1984 architecture-themed issue. “I wanted to do it again — differently and, hopefully, better — and gather in some of the excellent work Arizona architects have done since I moved away in 1996,” he says. Cheek got his start in writing about architecture in 1976, when he was an education reporter at the now-defunct Tucson Citizen. That year, he visited Florence, southeast of Phoenix, with the late Harris Sobin, a University of Arizona professor who had done a historic-preservation study of the town. “I hadn’t been in Arizona long and had never seen Florence,” Cheek says. “As we drove into town, I had an immediate reaction of…

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letters

editor@arizonahighways.com Over the past 27 years, my wife and I have visited 40 of our wonderful national parks. And we’ve extensively hiked many of them, including 270 miles on foot below the rim of the Grand Canyon. Based on those experiences, I’m taking exception to a sentence in Robert Stieve’s editor’s letter in the May 2019 issue. He said, “… have made the park one of the crown jewels of the National Park Service.” In my not-so-humble opinion, the sentence should read, “… have made the park the crown jewel of the National Park Service.” Rick Anstey, Denver, Colorado I was born and raised in Tucson, and graduated from the University of Arizona. I spent my summers working for the Forest Service doing survey work in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, stationed most of…

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bald eagles

Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) build their nests near water, and in Arizona, they’re often found along the Salt and Verde rivers. Each nest generally has one to three eggs that incubate for about 35 days. The two newly hatched eaglets in this Bartlett Lake nest could grow to be as long as 37 inches and have a wingspan of up to 7.5 feet. Once grown, they’ll feast primarily on fish, small mammals and water birds, but they also might steal food from other raptors. Bald eagles are no longer on the endangered species list, but they’re still protected under the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, a record 87 bald eagle eggs hatched in the state during the 2018 breeding season. ADDITIONAL…

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from arizona to the moon

Fifty years ago this month, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history as the first human beings to set foot on the moon. But before that, they and other astronauts in the Apollo program traveled to Northern Arizona for a dress rehearsal of their lunar exploration. In many ways, the northern part of the state was perfect for the astronauts’ training, says Kevin Schindler, a longtime employee of Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory. “The geology and topography is analogous to what they’d find on the moon,” says Schindler, who coauthored the 2018 book Northern Arizona Space Training with astronomy historian William Sheehan. “Meteor Crater, the best-preserved impact crater on Earth, is exactly what they’d expect to find on the moon.” Farther north, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey partnered to create their own lunar…

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