Did you know that Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the country? I hope as the city continues to grow, it doesn’t lose its charm and culture. It’s a place where rock formations rise up from the flatest of land, jutting with rich red color and names that describe their uncanny shapes like Camelback Mountain and Pinnacle Peak.
Can you guess which is which? It’s a place where Old meets New. Scottsdale, the adjacent city next to Phoenix shares a rich history as well as art galleries, modern adobe mansions, golf and country clubs and beautiful architecture.
We took a drive to see the sights, familiarizing ourselves to the modern culture and the one time old town. The city is more new than old now, but I managed to find a few places to venture that spoke to my love of history. The art galleries were in abundance and so was the shopping! One of my favorite places was the old state capital building and museum. Whenever I visit a new state, I try to see their capital. The buildings in themselves speak of the culture of the state, and often you get a rare glimpse to the inside workings of how the state came to be. For a lover of the old west, it’s an undeniable pleasure to see the restored buildings and artifacts from a time when the state was beginning to take shape.Here’s the four story state capital building in downtown Phoenix. I was enthralled with the artifacts and the restored rooms of the lawmakers. Is this not a gorgeous building?
Here’s the House Chamber where the laws were made. Engraved on the school-like desks were congressmen’s names and occupations in brass. I went around the room to find the lawmakers held other jobs that brought them their livelihood, such as sheepherders, ranchers, gentlemen, attorneys at law and various other occupations. Note the gorgeous chandelier and the seating for townsfolk that circles the room above.
Ostrich plumes created a very unique form of ranching in Arizona. In 1910 plumes from 4,000 ostriches sold for over one million dollars. Sadly, women’s fashions changed in 1914 and plumed hats were no longer in vogue. Ostrich ranches ceased to be big money makers. Today the plumed birds are raised for meat and leather in a resurging ostrich market.
We learned one other thing about Phoenix – it’s a big sports city and baseball is the name of the game this season! There are stadiums galore, many within just miles of each other. It’s the spring training home to the Oakland A’s and soon to the Los Angeles Dodgers. We had a good time, going to three games in five days. I’m a big Angels fan and they played (and beat) the Dodgers. We also spent time at Sun Devil Stadium, home of the ASU’s team. My nephew’s #5 ranked UCI team played three tournament games and he now leads the league in saves this season (pitching). It’s fun to see him play in different cities!
But while we were watching the pro teams play their spring training games, all the ladies in the group gasped when they saw a very handsome, very famous celebrity. I’m not one to go up and ask for a picture or autograph, but we did get a picture of me, with him in the background!
See if you can recognize him … the Arizona mystery man. If you are the first one to guess right, I’ll send you a signed book from my backlist and this lovely metal art Saguaro cactus bookmark. And be sure to check back for the results.
Hint: He’s on a very popular series and is standing behind me, wearing a blue hat and tank, speaking with the young boy.
So- do you have a favorite city to visit and who is that mystery man?
Happy Trails and Happy Reading!!