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Arizona Highways Magazine November 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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4 min.
editor’s letter

I don’t have a favorite placein Arizona. As editor, that question comes up a lot, but there’s no unequivocal answer. Point Sublime, Hart Prairie, Deer Creek, Keet Seel, the Santa Rita Mountains, Secret Canyon … narrowing the scenic wonders to one would be like asking Ben Cartwright to choose between Adam, Hoss and Little Joe. I don’t have a favorite, but I do spend a lot of time in the rugged canyons around Sedona. And, despite the crowds that congregate between the roundabouts, I’m still enamored. I dig Sedona. That’s not to say I wouldn’t like to go back in time. No one has ever asked me that question, but if I had access to a transporter, or Doc Brown’s DeLorean, the first place I’d go would be Sedona, circa 1945.…

2 min.

MIKE BUCHHEIT The photo at the beginning of The Journal (see page 5) in this issue comes from Mike Buchheit, the longtime director of the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute. He made the photo during a Field Institute rafting trip on the Colorado River. “We made the requisite stop at Havasu Creek to play amid the turquoise pools and falls,” he says. “Another boating party was soaking up the nearby shade, and one of them paddled up the creek a few hundred yards on her stand-up paddleboard. I was scaling the trail to access the creek when I saw her making her return to the boats, and I quickly took a few shots.” Buchheit’s first glance at the Canyon came in 1990, when he went to the South Rim’s Lipan Point…

4 min.
the big pictures: the chiricahua mountains

NO MAGAZINE has had more impact than the September 2017 edition. First, “the pile of rocks” is all my first husband ever saw in Arizona — my second husband was blind and loved our travels throughout the state. Second, I saw that cat [jaguarundi] about two months ago. I live on Speedway Boulevard and it was prancing along the back fence, near a wash. The only person who seemed to know anything about it was the one who told me it was a “Mexican cat.” The second I saw your photos I knew that’s what I had seen. (Sorry, no pictures.) Third, the Chiricahua article from March 1943 was a delight and well worth reading. Fourth, the photos of tiny plants by Eirini Pajak showed knowledge and guts. This edition…

1 min.
governor’s mansion

Arizona has no official governor’s residence, but that wasn’t always the case. In 1864, a log house in Arizona’s Territorial capital of Prescott was built for the Territory’s first governor, John Noble Goodwin, and first secretary, Richard McCormick. But the eight-room structure was in official use only briefly before the capital moved to Tucson in 1867. The building changed hands several times, then was left vacant until 1917, when the newly formed state of Arizona acquired it. In 1927, Arizona poet, activist and historian Sharlot Hall began restoring the building, which opened as a museum the following year. Today, the Sharlot Hall Museum’s primary exhibits are housed in a newer building, but the Governor’s Mansion still stands on the museum grounds. According to the museum, it’s the oldest Arizona Territory…

3 min.
st. luke’s sanatorium

For more than 100 years, St. Luke’s Medical Center has been caring for patients in Phoenix. But as you can see in the photo above, the state-of-the-art hospital we know today had a more humble beginning — and a more specialized mission. The Rev. Julius W. Atwood founded St. Luke’s Home in his wife’s memory in 1907. Back then, the facility was 20 beds in 12 tents, all dedicated to treating tuberculosis patients. Former President Theodore Roosevelt visited St. Luke’s to dedicate a 10-bed infirmary in 1911; the same year, St. Luke’s became Arizona’s first bacteriological and brachytherapy laboratory, but it continued to focus on tuberculosis patients through World War I. In 1919, St. Luke’s Home was renamed St. Luke’s Sanatorium and expanded its services to begin treating other respiratory ailments. It…

2 min.
q&a: amy s. martin

JK: How did this shot come about? ASM: I made this photo on an early morning in August. I was at camp above Granite Rapids in the Grand Canyon, on a Colorado River trip on which I was rowing as a guide. It was a quiet moment when the passengers were eating breakfast before the bustle of packing up the rafts for the day. It’s hard to photograph the Canyon when you’re working on the river — as a guide, you have very few moments of downtime. I try to keep my camera accessible to capture the moments when light and composition align. JK: Did you see all of the elements at once, or did you have to “work the scene”? ASM: I’d been watching the reflection and the pattern of the boats…