Arizona Factoids

Someone killed 495,OOO flies in Bisbee. And it's always 11:45 in Florence.

It cost almost $11 million to tear down London Bridge, move it stone by stone across the world and reconstruct it in Lake Havasu City in the late 1960s. But in the year after the job was done, land sales for the developer who pulled it off, Robert P. McCulloch Sr., reportedly went up $110 million.

When you consider nearly a century of Arizona's weather records, the patch of desert around Dateland and Mohawk, in Yuma County, has the fewest rainy days: Even counting traces down to a hundredth-of-an-inch, rain falls only on 13, maybe 14 days a year. The driest spell ever in Arizona was 1956 at Davis Dam on the Colorado River, when rainfall for the entire year totaled a few drops--seven one-hundredths of an inch.

The first letter ever awarded for high school rodeoing has gone to a senior at Wickenburg High. Jolanda Tatum won the purple "W" with "rodeo" sewn into it last spring after an intense lobbying effort by rodeo fans who wanted official nationwide recognition for their sport.

A recent survey of 52 officers in the Cochise County Sheriff's Department revealed that 15 admit to being "superstitious," according to the Bisbee Gazette. "Six of the respondents said they do not walk under a ladder. Six others said they throw salt over their shoulders if it is spilled. Three respondents indicated they do not allow a black cat to cross their paths." Twenty-five of the sheriff's officers--nearly half of the survey group--said they believe "accidents and other incidents come in threes."

About eighty years ago, before the invention of indoor cooling, the Adams Hotel in Phoenix had a sleeping roof--one side for men, the other for women, with a twelve-foot-high fence to separate the sexes.

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