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About Arizona

Arizona was the 48th state in the USA;
it became a state on February 14, 1912.

Abbreviation – AZ

114,006 square miles [Arizona is the 6th biggest state in the USA]

5,130,632 (as of 2000) [Arizona is the 20th most populous state in the USA]

Major Rivers
Colorado River, Little Colorado River, Gila River, Bill Williams River

Major Lakes
Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, Lake Mohave, Theodore Roosevelt Lake, San Carlos Lake, Lake Powell

Highest Point
Humphreys Peak – 12,633 feet (3,581 m) above sea level

Bordering States
California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah & Mexico

Origin of the Name Arizona
The word Arizona comes from one of the following (its origin is not certain): the Aztec Indian word “arizuma,” that means “silver-bearing,” from the Tohono O’odham Indian word “Aleh-zone” which means “small spring,” or the Pima Indian word “Ali shonak” which also means “small spring.”

State Nickname
Grand Canyon State

State Motto
“Ditat Deus,” God Enriches

State Song
Arizona March Song

State Flag
The official state flag of Arizona was officially adopted on February 17, 1917. It was designed by Colonel Charles W. Harris (adjutant general and chief administrative officer of Arizona) and was first sewn by Nan D. Hayden.

The 13 yellow and red rays represent both the Sun’s rays and the original 13 colonies of the United States of America. The colors red and yellow are used because they were the colors of the flag of the Spanish conquistadors led by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, who entered Arizona in 1540 (looking for the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola). The copper-colored star in the middle represents copper mining, since Arizona produces more copper than any other state in the USA.

Arizona was the 48th state in the USA;
it was admitted in 1912
it had been part of Mexico before the Mexican War

Animal Symbols:

State Bird
Cactus wren

State Mammal

State Reptile
Arizona Ridgenose Rattlesnake

State Amphibian
Arizona Tree Frog

State Fish
Arizona trout

State Insect
Two-tailed Swallowtail
Papilio multicaudatus

Other Symbols:

State Flower
Saguaro Cactus Blossom

State Tree
Palo Verde

State Fossil
Petrified wood

State Gemstone

State Neckwear
The bolo tie

State Colors
Blue and old gold


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