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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine October 2018

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 can’t remember where we got our pumpkins. That’s not something we grew on the farm. Most likely, they came from a roadside stand somewhere. They were everywhere. Self-serve card tables heaped with produce. Hand-painted signs. Capitalism based on the honor system. I’m guessing we paid about a buck apiece — it was the ’60s and early ’70s — and drove away feeling like philanthropists. “Highway robbery!” That’s what my grandfather would have called it. But it was money well spent, because Halloween was an adolescent bender. Mardi Gras for kids too young to drive. Whether or not it’s possible to warp the fabric of existence, I can go back in time whenever I want. I just close my eyes and I’m back in the backyard of my boyhood home. Carving…

2 min.

JOHN BURCHAM Before his assignment for this issue (see Arizona Ghost Towns, page 16), John Burcham didn’t know anything about Humboldt, Cleator, Stanton, Congress and Swansea — the five ghost towns he photographed. “I didn’t even know they existed,” he says. And while each location posed unique challenges, Burcham says that was part of the fun. “It was an adventure just getting out there and going to a new place each time,” he says. “Most of the time, I was just out in the desert, on dirt roads, with no one else for miles around.” Burcham camped overnight at each of the towns, allowing him to photograph during sunset and sunrise. “I went to each location at about 2 or 3 in the afternoon, then scouted it to see how it…

4 min.
what a great cover photo

editor@arizonahighways.com [August 2018]. And perfect cover lines, too. Before reading the attribution, I’d assumed it was by one of [Louis] L’Amour’s characters. As a kid, I’d barely been west of the Mississippi before we moved to Phoenix. That was 60 years ago. With me then were many haunting Arizona images implanted by Zane Grey books. “Boots, Chaps and Cowboy Hats” had that Grey flavor, and the flavor of Arizona in the 1950s. Your August content more than lives up to the Arizona Highways mystique. Thank you! Dick Kemp, Phoenix You mentioned in your Editor’s Letter [August 2018] that Robert Duvall will forever be your Augustus McCrae, as is the case for many of us. That caused me to meditate on the phenomenon whereby two pieces of endearing art, sometimes obviously related but often…

1 min.
arizona treefrogs

Mountain streams and wet meadows are the habitat of Arizona treefrogs (Hyla wrightorum), identified by their green or copper-colored bodies and dark eye stripes. These relatively small frogs grow to about 2 inches long, and in Arizona, they’re found mostly above the Mogollon Rim, in a narrow band that extends from the Williams area southeast to the New Mexico state line. The frogs breed at the beginning of the summer monsoon, and while their breeding choruses last only two or three days, occasional metallic-sounding calls can be heard all summer. Arizona treefrogs have been Arizona’s state amphibian since 1986. ADDITIONAL READING: To learn more about Arizona’s wildlife, pick up a copy of the Arizona Highways Wildlife Guide, which features 125 of the state’s native birds, mammals, reptiles and other animal species.…

2 min.
sorghum in arizona

When you think about Arizona agriculture, you probably imagine citrus in the Phoenix area or leafy greens in Yuma. You probably don’t imagine sorghum — unless you’re one of the handful of Arizona growers who cultivate it today. But this drought-tolerant crop once was seen as the next big thing for Arizona’s grain industry. Sorghum bicolor, a type of grass thought to have originated in Africa, is believed to have arrived in the United States in the mid-19th century. It’s since become an important crop worldwide, and it’s used as a staple food and as feed for livestock. The plant species’ tolerance of arid climates makes it ideal for Central and Southern Arizona, and agriculture experts say sorghum requires less water than corn and produces better yields in hot, dry areas. The…

1 min.
this month in history

Police halt all poker games in Yuma’s saloons on October 3, 1907, and similar measures are considered in Bisbee, Globe and other towns. A Bisbee man is shot to death on October 7, 1922. Reports say the shooting follows an argument over the price of tamales. On October 12, 1940, Tom Mix, an actor known for his roles in Western films, dies in a car crash on what now is State Route 79 (the Pinal Pioneer Parkway) southeast of Florence. The Phoenix City Council decides on October 28, 1896, to impose a fine of $50 or a sentence of 50 days in jail for riding a bicycle faster than 8 mph on city streets. 50 YEARS AGO IN ARIZONA HIGHWAYS Jerome, Tombstone, Oat-man and other old mining towns were the stars of…