Arizona Stories: The Photo Worth a Million Words
Nov. 24, 2022
In 1929, the distinguished resort and oasis known as the jewel of the desert was born. The Biltmore Hotel, once the number one resort in the country, brought tourism and elegant architecture to the desert. Discover the history behind a one-of-a-kind resort and how it has grown into what it is today.
Masque of the Yellow Moon
In the spring of 1995, Valley High School students produced show-stopping performances to pay tribute to a Phoenix tradition, “Masque of the Yellow Moon.” The audience filled with Arizonans pouring in to watch the theatrical performances. The event was often compared to Mardi Gras and other large celebrations across America.
The famous Iwo Jima photograph of six flag raisers atop Mount Suribachi includes Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Phoenix. To help raise money for the war, they sent Hayes and the two other surviving flag raisers on tour across the country. Never wanting to be a celebrity, Ira found it difficult to cope with his new-found stardom.
The Florence Courthouse
A courthouse built in 1891 stands in Florence, Arizona, and holds the title of the oldest continuously used public building in the state. At first, they constructed the building to show the county it was rich in architectural detail. Unfortunately, time is taking its toll: The iconic clock tower is destroying the building due to poor design. Still, the courthouse is filled with history from infamous trials and ghost stories.