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Arizona Highways Magazine September 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

In 1965, we were blacklisted in the Soviet Union. We got the news from Walter Schroeder, a subscriber in Rosamond, California. A day or two later, there was a story in The New York Times. According to the paper, the censors at the Kremlin considered our magazine “provocative literature clearly intended to conduct hostile propaganda among the Soviet people.” Nyet, no place could be so beautiful, they sneered. Ironically, Joseph Stalin’s daughter was a paying subscriber at the time, and her father was once the recipient of a gift subscription — a collection of magazines he may have held in his iron fist. Nevertheless, the Soviets shut us out. In response, Raymond Carlson, our editor emeritus, wrote a stinging editorial. In addition, politicians and business leaders came to our defense. And so did…

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JACQUES BARBEY Photographer Jacques Barbey is known for asking Arizona Highways staffers, “What are you reading?” For this issue, Barbey was reading lighting conditions at the Shady Dell in Bisbee (see The Journal: Lodging, page 16). He’d never been to the vintage trailer court before — “My experience with trailers was just watching Doris Day and Lucille Ball movies,” he says — but he had heard about it through friends. “It was kind of a different approach for me, because I don’t usually shoot locations,” he says. “[Photo Editor] Jeff Kida wanted me to do something kind of fun, but when I got there, I was a little concerned that there weren’t many people around. I waited until late afternoon, when the light got better, and I met some really good…

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i like your covers for 2017. I see that you offer each of them as an 18-by-24-inch poster. Has anyone ever thought of doing postcards? I happen to collect these types of postcards, and have several from other places. If this is a possibility, I would be interested in purchasing all of them. Allen Marshall, Kansas City, Missouri EDITOR’S NOTE: Great question, Allen. A complete set of all 12 postcards will be available in November. I was really wowed by your inside front cover image [Table of Contents, July 2017], but not only for the most obvious reason. Front and center in the photograph is Angels Gate, my personal favorite Grand Canyon landform, while behind it and to the immediate right is Isis Temple, the first one I ever learned to identify. I am amazed that these two…

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chapel of the holy dove

Northwest of the San Francisco Peaks, on U.S. Route 180 between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, sits a tiny chapel with a stunning view and a colorful history. In 1960, Dr. Watson M. Lacy, a physician stationed at the Grand Canyon, bought a small ranch in the Kendrick Park area, and over the next two years, he, his sons and some hired hands used volcanic rocks and ponderosa pine logs to build the Chapel of the Holy Dove, whose large windows frame a view of the Peaks. Over the years, it hosted numerous weddings, including four for four of Lacy’s six children. Lacy died in 1991, and in 1999, an out-of-control campfire burned the structure but left the stone walls standing. A Northern Arizona University student led a community rebuilding…

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this month in history

▪ On September 1, 1921, the University of Arizona reduces its fee for student room and board to $25 a month. ▪ Cochise County farmers are warned to arm themselves on September 12, 1893, amid reports that the Apache Kid is in the area. ▪ On September 24, 1931, Arizona businesswoman, philanthropist and professor Louise Foucar Marshall is acquitted of murder in the shooting death of her husband. She had claimed temporary insanity, saying she shot him out of fear that he was poisoning her. ▪ William “Curly” Neal, who carried mail between Tucson and Mammoth for 42 years and also built Oracle’s Mountain View Hotel, dies at age 87 on September 30, 1936. 50 YEARS AGO IN ARIZONA HIGHWAYS In September 1967, Arizona Highways visited Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site and explored the…

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thunderbird field

In September of 1942, amid the tension of World War II, cadets training at Glendale’s Thunderbird Field got a rare thrill: a visit from singer and actress Dinah Shore, one of the biggest stars of that decade. This photo (above) was made by Robert Markow, a longtime Arizona Highways contributor (and the father of current contributor Paul Markow), and its caption notes that the cadets are showing Ms. Shore the “custom tailoring arrangements possible in the modern parachute.” The airfield, located at the southeast corner of Greenway Road and 59th Avenue, opened in 1941 and served as a training ground for Allied pilots during the war. It was one of three such sites in the Phoenix area; the others were Thunderbird Field 2 (now Scottsdale Airport) in Scottsdale and Falcon Field…