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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine January 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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4 min.
editor’s letter

You’re probably wondering about our logo. “Look at this, Evelyn. It just came in the mail. Arizona Highways has a new … what’s that doohickey on the front cover called? Is that a title? Or a nameplate?” “I think it’s called a logo, dear. It’s also called a masthead.” Evelyn is right. And yes, it is different, but it’s not new. It made its debut in March 1952. For one month. The next month, George Avey and Raymond Carlson, our founding fathers, reverted to the logo we’d used in February. The new logo came back in May, and then it disappeared again until December 1953. In January, it was abandoned yet again. The on-again, off-again continued until July 1955, when the mad scientists finally stopped experimenting and made it our official logo. For…

2 min.

RAYMOND CARLSON (left) An issue focusing on the 1950s wouldn’t be complete without a look at the editor who led Arizona Highways through that pivotal decade. Raymond Carlson’s name first appeared on the masthead in 1938, when he replaced Bert Campbell as editor. At that time, the magazine was more a trade journal geared toward road builders and engineers. Mr. Carlson left Arizona Highways in late 1943 to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II; he returned as editor for the March 1946 issue, again replacing Mr. Campbell. It was in the 1950s, though, that Mr. Carlson hit his stride, transforming Arizona Highways into a celebration of all things Arizona via stunning photography and thoughtful stories. Mr. Carlson’s love for the state was evident in each of his monthly…

3 min.

editor@arizonahighways.com DANIELLE GELLER’S ESSAY on the “Beauty Way” [The Beauty of Tall Things, November 2018] was lovely. I knew of it as “Night Way,” and I referred to it in a talk I gave on Earth Day almost 30 years ago. Danielle’s exposition gives us all something to think about. I thank her for that, and I thank Arizona Highways for publishing it. Paul Cooley, Culver City, California November’s Arizona Highways came in today’s mail — the last I’m to receive in Michigan. I’ll move this week to Ohio to live closer to my youngest daughter. I’m 90 years old; my family worries about me. Packing is urgent, but I ignored all else to read my magazine from cover to cover. Work can wait. My thirst for Arizona Highways and my second home cannot.…

1 min.
kit foxes

Kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis) are ideally adapted to a desert environment. These diminutive members of the dog family are best known for their large ears, which give them superior hearing but also help them shed body heat. The foxes don’t need to drink water and can get the moisture they need from their prey — primarily kangaroo rats, but occasionally mice and rabbits. And they escape the worst of the desert heat by mostly staying in underground dens during the day, then venturing out at night to hunt. The pup shown here will be fed and cared for by both of its parents for its first five or six months of life, then will be on its own. Because they’re nocturnal, kit foxes are difficult to spot in the wild,…

2 min.
‘captain’ john hance

There are plenty of stories about “Captain” John Hance, who’s thought to have been the Grand Canyon’s first permanent European-American settler. Many of them are tales the pioneer himself told. And some of them might even be true. But here’s how Grand Canyon National Park puts it: “Hance’s stories were infamous in how they began in the realm of the believable, migrated to the merely plausible, and ended in the domain of the completely fantastic.” Here’s what we know: Hance was born in rural Tennessee in the late 1830s (or maybe the early 1840s) and served in the Confederate States Army in the Civil War (but not as a captain) before settling in Arizona around the 1870s. Before long, he was at the Canyon, first prospecting and later guiding visitors around…

1 min.
this month in history

▪ In January 1850, the Oatman family arrives in Tucson by wagon. The family is best known for Olive Oatman, who survived capture and years of enslavement by Mohaves. ▪ In January 1881, newspapers in Arizona and around the world publicize a 300-year-old prophecy from an English so-called witch, Mother Shipton, who predicted the world would end that year. ▪ St. Luke’s Hospital in Tucson throws a charity ball, the Baile de las Flores, on January 16, 1936, to celebrate its years of service to men with tuberculosis. The annual event began in 1919 and continues today.…