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Arizona Highways Magazine October 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

I went on a bender because of this issue. But it’s not what you’re thinking. It was a literary binge, of sorts, and by the time I was finished, I’d added more than a dozen used books to my stockpile — two came from Amazon, and the rest I found on eBay. They’re all books by Ray Manley, and they’re all in good shape; however, the best of the bunch is a mint copy of Ray Manley’s Indian Lands, which was signed by Mr. Manley and Clara Lee Tanner, the book’s author. Both of them were longtime contributors. She was an esteemed anthropologist who specialized in Southwestern Indian arts and crafts, and he was a world-renowned photographer who, as a young man in the 1930s, dreamed of “capturing a few nature…

2 min.

JOHN BURCHAM Photographer John Burcham has lived in Flagstaff for 20 years, but before his assignment for this issue (see He Knows What He’s Talking About, page 46), he’d made the three-hour drive to Canyon de Chelly only once. “It’s kind of an underrated place,” he says. “I was blown away when I saw it.” In contrast, Burcham’s subject, Navajo tour guide Adam Teller, has spent most of his life in the canyon. “Adam was very easy to photograph — laid-back and knowledgeable,” Burcham says. “He probably knows that canyon better than anyone. I got there in the evening, and we did some nice portraits with evening light. The next day, he took me on a jeep tour to Mummy Cave, and we did some more photos on the way.” Even…

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oh, how i have enjoyed

reading the stories about the San Francisco Peaks [August 2017]. After living in Flagstaff for 35 years, and now living in hot Phoenix, the issue brought back so many wonderful “cool” memories of being there with my late husband. Thank you, Arizona Highways. Joyce Lee, Phoenix editor@arizonahighways.com Iam intrigued by Chris Gall’s cover artwork. Every time a new issue comes, I study the cover to see all those parallel lines that he juxtaposes in different directions to bring out texture and perspective. How does he do it? I would love an article on how the cover artwork develops from beginning to end. So many times I have wanted to write to thank you for improving the quality of your paper through the years as the quality of photographs increase the precision of detail…

1 min.
yuma agriculture

It’s October, which means the Yuma area is gearing up to feed the rest of the nation. According to the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, from November through March, 90 percent of the United States’ leafy vegetables are grown in Yuma County. The weather helps — Yuma holds the world record for most sunny days per year — but the area’s rich soil and access to Colorado River water play a part, too. Lettuce, shown here during last fall’s growing season, is Yuma’s biggest winter crop, and iceberg, romaine and other varieties picked in the morning can be across the country in a few days, thanks to facilities that rapidly cool truckloads of greens before they hit the road. Other crops grown in the Yuma area include wheat, citrus, watermelons…

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dwight b. heard

Dwight Bancroft Heard once published a book titled The Arizona Traveler — a collection of “intimate, delightful sketches of his days spent under the shadow of the Pyramids,” as Heard’s newspaper reported. The book’s title is an apt nickname for the rancher and newspaperman, who came to Arizona as a young man and dedicated his life to the betterment of what eventually became the 48th state. Born in Boston in 1869, Heard lived in Chicago before moving to Arizona Territory for health reasons in 1895. He purchased a ranch west of Phoenix, in the Salt River Valley; after his lung ailments abated, he and his wife, Maie Bartlett Heard, became active in the development of Arizona and the Valley of the Sun. Heard owned the Bartlett-Heard Land and Cattle Co., raising cattle…

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this month in history

▪ On October 4, 1915, Arizona Governor George W.P. Hunt sends state guardsmen to the Eastern Arizona town of Clifton to help maintain order among striking miners. ▪ London Bridge, built in 1831 and dismantled in 1967, is rededicated October 10, 1971, in Lake Havasu City. The city’s founder, Robert McCulloch, had bought the bridge for about $2.5 million. ▪ On October 20, 1918, Arizona meets its quota for selling Liberty bonds to support World War I efforts. ▪ Harrison M. Lavender, the Phelps Dodge executive for whom Bisbee’s Lavender Pit Mine is named, is born in Scotland on October 31, 1890.…