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May 2014

Table of Contents

Editor's Letter | Contributors | Letters to the Editor | Where Is This?

People, places and things from around the state, including a story about a long-gone resort near Gila Bend; Tarahumara frogs; and Safford, our hometown of the month.

On May 30, 1864, a meeting was held to organize a town that would come to be known as Prescott. Although it’s not as old as the 1.8 billion-year-old mountains that surround it, Arizona’s mile-high city is celebrating its sesquicentennial this month. As you’ll see, a lot has happened in 150 years. Nevertheless, the old town doesn’t look a day over 149.
By Kayla Frost

An excerpt from our October 1938 issue.
By Charles C. Niehuis

In places like Minnesota, Michigan and Maine, April showers are usually a given. In the Southwest, however, where rain is rare and a decade-long drought has made it even more so, there’s no guarantee. Nevertheless, Mother Nature usually finds a way to deliver, and when she does, our photographers are there to capture the moments.
A portfolio edited by Jeff Kida

Joe Brown’s father didn’t buy a lot of new hats, and when he did, he rode them as hard the first hour as he did the day they fell apart. Tom Mix, on the other hand, a family friend of the Browns, always wore a new hat, usually a 7X beaver creased in a Montana peak.
An Essay by J.P.S. Brown
Illustrations by Chris Gall

For five years, Alan Ross worked as an assistant to world-renowned photographer Ansel Adams, creating prints in the darkroom and traveling into the field with the man he knew as both a teacher and a friend. Inside, he explains what life was like as a student of one of the greatest landscape photographers of all time.
Interview by Kelly vaughn Kramer
Photographs provided by Alan Ross

Shannon Zouzoulas and Megan Haller aren’t stereotypical winemakers. The two sisters from California are feisty and irreverent, and they pair potato chips with their wine. But that’s not all. They’re also growing hops to make beer. It all adds up to one big get-together down in Sonoita.
Interview by Kathy Ritchie
Photograph by Paul Markow

Kingman to Pearce Ferry: The Cerbat Mountains and the Grand Wash Cliffs are two of the more prominent landmarks on this drive, but it’s the Joshua trees that add the scenic beauty.

See Canyon Trail: The highlight of this hike is Christopher Creek, but the climb to the top of the Mogollon Rim also includes ferns, grasses, oaks, aspens and some massive ponderosas.

Editor's LetterEditor Robert Stieve discusses the current issue. ...[more]

Where Is This?We've posted a new location to identify. Submit your answer for a chance to win. ...[more]

Scenic Drive Pinal Mountains Loop: In addition to four-wheel-drive, you’ll need some patience on this scenic route near Globe, which is rugged and slow-going — you’ll even be creeping in parts. ...[more]


Letters to the EditorIf you have thoughts or comments about anything in Arizona Highways, we want to hear from you. ...[more]

Hike of the MonthSee Canyon Trail: The highlight of this hike is Christopher Creek, but the climb to the top of the Mogollon Rim also includes ferns, grasses, oaks, aspens and some massive ponderosas. ...[more]

Photo PortfolioMay Flowers: A portfolio edited by Jeff Kida. ...[more]

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