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Arizona Highways Magazine February 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

THE INSIDERS CALL IT PEFO(pronounced Pee-Pho). We’re not exactly insiders, but that’s our word for Petrified Forest National Park, too. It started with our photo editor, Jeff Kida, who spent a few summers working in the park. While he was there, he picked up the word PeFo and worked it into his lexicon, which also includes “coolio” (translation: Right on, that’s awesome), “bueno pajamas” (translation: Right on, that’s awesome) and “schnitzengroovin” (we have no idea what that means). The list of his idioms is long, but the word we’ve been hearing a lot lately is PeFo. That’s because Jeff has been spending a lot of time pulling photos of the park. The park, as you may have noticed, is this month’s cover story. Although it’s not the first issue we’ve dedicated…

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KATHY MONTGOMERY Frequent Arizona Highways contributor Kathy Montgomery joins us this month for three stories: pieces in The Journal on the history of cotton in Scottsdale (see page 8) and Cottonwood’s Verde Brewing Co. (see page 12), and A Place Inn the Sun (see page 34), a feature on Petrified Forest National Park’s Painted Desert Inn. The latter, Montgomery says, was a treat to research and write. “It’s a beautiful building with a layered and interesting past, and it touched on many of the subjects I’ve written about before — Route 66, the Civilian Conservation Corps and Mary Colter, to name a few,” she says. “For me, the story of a building is as much about the people who lived and worked there as it is about the building itself. Many…

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editor@arizonahighways.com THANK YOU for your “Holiday Postcard to the World” [December 2016]. After a 28-year Army career, and having lived around the world and in many states, my wife and I decided to retire to Arizona in 2013. This issue reminded me once again what a great decision that was and what an incredibly beautiful and diverse state Arizona really is. From the 2,631 canyons that you considered, one that you did miss is Garden Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains. Dan Minjares, Sierra Vista, Arizona ARIZONA IS GORGES Abyss, arroyo, barranca, chasm, couloir, crevasse, gap, gulch, kloof, ravine ... there are many words to describe what are best known as canyons in Arizona. Gorge is another word. Although our state is most famous for one canyon in particular (hint: it can be seen from…

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stan’s barber shop

If you’ve ever seen the animated film Cars, you may have caught glimpses of buildings that look like Joe & Aggie’s Café. That’s because Holbrook is one of many towns along Historic Route 66 that inspired the film’s setting, Radiator Springs. Behind the café is Stan’s Barber Shop. Stanley Gallegos (shown cutting his son Steven’s hair) owns both businesses, and his children operate the café, but Gallegos is the only person running the barbershop. On a typical day, he serves one to six customers, but on busy days, as many as 10 stop by for a trim. His customers are a mix of locals, tourists and Native Americans from nearby tribal lands. Gallegos has been a barber for most of his life and has been managing his own shop since…

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cotton fields in scottsdale

It’s hard to imagine, but Scottsdale once was covered with cotton. “Practically everything we had around here was cotton fields,” recalls JoAnn Handley, whose grandfather moved to Arizona from Texas in the 1910s to grow a new variety that came to be known as Pima cotton. Cotton farming in the Southwest dates to the Hohokam people, but those early farmers and their technology disappeared. By the 19th century, the only cotton grown in the U.S. was short-staple cotton. Long-staple cotton was grown only in Egypt. Prized for strength and durability, Egyptian cotton was used in airplane tires. The U.S. Department of Agriculture tried to introduce long-staple cotton to cottonproducing states as early as 1867, but all of its attempts failed. In 1902, USDA botanist Thomas Kearney went to Egypt to study cotton. He…

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this month in history

The five-story Santa Rita Hotel, at the time the largest hotel in Arizona Territory, opens in Tucson on February 1, 1904. On February 1, 2009, the Arizona Cardinals play in the Super Bowl for the first time since moving to the Grand Canyon State, losing 27-23 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. On February 8, 1913, the University of Arizona’s president announces that ragtime dancing is being unconditionally banned at the school. The Hassayampa River’s Walnut Grove Dam collapses after heavy rains on February 22, 1890. The resulting flood kills as many as 150 people and destroys property as far south as Wickenburg.…