Tucked into a corner of the Superstition Mountains about 35 miles to the east of downtown Phoenix, modest, sun soaked Apache Junction grew up around the intersection of the Apache Trail and U.S. Route 60. After a Death Valley Days movie set was built here in 1958, the area became known as Apacheland.
Along Interstate 10 in Arizona's southeastern corner, Benson is about 40 minutes southeast of Tucson. The Southern Pacific Railroad came to this Chihuahuan Desert outpost in 1880 and brought with it cattlemen, shopkeepers and a few scallywags.
Buckeye is 35 miles from downtown Phoenix and is the western most city in the Phoenix metro area. Its agricultural heritage is visible in the surrounding acres of cotton and alfalfa, creating an unexpected green landscpape. The Estrella Mountains loom in the distance.
With the White Tank Mountains in the distance, Victory at Verrado sits in a dramatic landscape of bluffs, buttes and ravines on the eastern edge of Buckeye, Arizona. It is a large 55+ neighborhood within the all ages, master-planned development of Verrado.
This high country hamlet was built as a company town and survives today as a gateway to the Tuzigoot National Monument and the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness.
Homesteaders first came to this desert region in the late-1800s. Today, Glendale boasts a symphony, a desert botanic gardens, a wide range of neighborhoods and more.
In the shadow of the Thunderbird Mountain Preserve, this large master-planned community boasts golf course homes, waterfront homes and a wide range of prices.
Under sunny blue skies in southern Arizona, unincorporated Green Valley is a retirement oasis with reasonable costs and a large recreation non-profit organization, GVR, that manages a full range of services and amenities, including 16 or more recreation/social facilities, dozens of clubs, hobby shops, classes, trips, concerts and volunteer groups.
The Grand Canyon State was originally part of New Mexico. After the land was ceded to the U.S. in 1848, it became a separate territory. It did not enter the union until February 14, 1912. Copper was discovered in the area in 1848, and metals mining continues to be an important part of the economy. Cattle and tourism are two of the states other vital industries.
Although Arizona can be one of the hottest states in the union, air conditioning continues to bring more and more people to the urban areas. The Colorado Plateau spreads through Arizona from the north and is interspersed with remnants of the Rocky Mountains. The land flattens into desert near Phoenix. The Colorado River forms the state's western borders and snakes through the Grand Canyon.
Arizona is stubborn when it comes to time. It observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis.
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