30 Pieces of Phoenix Trivia You May Not Know

1. Let's get this one out of the way early: The hottest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix was 122 degrees on June 26, 1990.

2. The opening scene to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho was filmed downtown.

3. Only about 40 percent of the people who live in Phoenix were born in Arizona.

4. Every U.S. president between Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush has spent a night at the Arizona Biltmore. The Reagans even spent part of their honeymoon there.

5. In 2006, while the Phoenix Convention Center was under construction, archaeologists found that the old Phoenix Civic Plaza had been built over 3,000-year-old houses

6. Other proposed names for the city, which was named in 1868, included "Stonewall" and "Salina."

7. South Mountain Park is the largest municipally owned park in the country, at more than 16,000 acres.

8. There once was an underground bowling alley on Central Avenue.

9. By land area, Phoenix is larger than New York and Los Angeles.

10. One of the most notorious female murderers of all time, Winnie Ruth Judd, did her deeds here.

11. Phoenix is the most-populated state capital in the United States and is the only state capital with more than 1 million residents.

12. The FBI's Phoenix office spent the '50s and '60s chasing Mafia members around the state.

13. Phoenix's Baseline Killer murdered more people (nine) than Phoenix's Serial Shooter (eight).

14. Formula 1 races were held on a street circuit in Phoenix from 1989-1991, though the race reportedly was canceled because of poor turnout. F1 wouldn't return to the U.S. for nearly a decade.

15. Central Avenue used to be called Central Street.

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Matthew Hendley
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