Covid, in Arizona they had it first!

Most of us heard the word “COVID” for the first time last year, in reference to the coronavirus that caused the ongoing pandemic, but it’s also the name of a company that has been operating for about four decades. Covid.inc is a company based in Tempe, Arizona. It specializes in high-quality audiovisual wall plates and cables, and sells its products all over the world. It has been in business for decades but, of course, it as only last year that it started making news headlines, for obvious reasons. Covid.inc CEO,…

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Why an American bought the London Bridge

Born on this day, June 7 1761, Scottish civil engineer John Rennie was responsible for three important landmarks in central London: Waterloo Bridge, Southwark Bridge and London Bridge which, in an astonishing deal, was sold (yes, really sold) to an American tycoon in 1968. “London Bridge is falling down, falling down!” This was a popular children’s rhyme despite in the 1960s it wasn’t really falling down. However, surveys showed that it was sinking by about 2.5cm every eight years and, as a result, It would have to be replaced. Ivan…

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Chloride, Arizona: a living Ghost Town~

Located just a short drive from the abandoned (and almost disappeared) town of Santa Claus, Chloride seems to resemble any kitschy Wild West village turned tourist trap. However, if you look a little deeper, you’ll find something that makes this ghost town stand out: a wonderfully unusual collection of junk art and a display of giant murals! The city is an old silver mining camp in Mohave County and the oldest continuously inhabited mining town in the state. Scientifically, chloride is an ion used to desalinate seawater into drinking water,…

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Santa Claus: an abandoned theme town in the middle of the Arizona desert~

The Mojave desert, with its (very) hot summer sun, Joshua trees and rock formations, would not generally be the place one would choose to honor a man whose traditional home is the North Pole. Yet standing in the desert there is the ghost remnants of Santa Claus, Arizona! It all started in the early 1930s when Nina Talbot and her husband moved from Los Angeles, California, to nearby Kingman, Arizona, to operate a motel. Calling herself “the biggest real estate agent in California,” the name originated from Talbot’s girth (over…

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Hotel Monte Vista – Arizona: a historic hotel along Route 66 and its guests~

Located along legendary Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona is the Hotel Monte Vista. A huge, old-fashioned neon sign towers over this historic hotel, hinting at what’s inside: feather lampshades, vintage furniture, bold colors and eclectic decor. Rooms are named for the movie stars who stayed here. Opening on New Year’s Day, 1927, the hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places has been fully restored to its former glory and continues to serve the traveling public still today. Over the years it hosted numerous popular characters like John Wayne,…

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The Red Ghost of Quartzsite, Arizona~

Quartzsite, Arizona, is a small town with a passion for camels. Camels play a big role in this community’s history, so it’s no wonder that camel replicas pop up all over town. The town’s welcome sign is adorned with camels. Its graveyard is the final resting place for Hadji Ali, a camel herder for the U.S. military. The most recent addition isn’t new. It has simply returned from the dead. Or, in this case, the scrap heap! Just off of the 10 freeway sits Georgette, a scrap metal camel and…

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Hi Jolly: Quartzsite’s legend of a camel driver~

The thing most people notice right away when they enter the Quartzsite Cemetery is a stone pyramid topped by a copper camel. There’s an insteresting story behind its presence. The monument marks the grave site of a man they called Hi Jolly, who came to this country in the 1860s to act as a camel driver for the U.S. Army during an ill-fated attempt to use the animals as beasts of burden for military purposes in the deserts of the Southwest. During the mid-1800’s when much of the southwest of…

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3# Christmas Around the World: Arizona’s Tumbleweed Christmas Tree

If it is normal for us to celebrate Christmas traditions, sometimes can be a challenge, for example, in places that rarely see a day of cold all year. But in the Arizona city of Chandler, locals have simply adapted their traditions to win against the climate, forming a pile of their native tumbleweeds into the shape of a festive fir tree each year! In 1957 a Chandler resident named Earl Barnum raised the idea of a tumbleweed tree after he saw a similar one in Indiana built out of cone-shaped…

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