Happy Birthday Arizona and Valentine's Day Video Potpourri...

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Happy Birthday Arizona!

Seal of Arizona 

 

A Few Facts About Arizona

Arizona was the last of the contiguous 48 states to be admitted to the Union back on Valentine's Day in 1912. It is also the 6th largest and the 14th most populous state. 

Arizona, as much of the southwest including states such as California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and a large part of Colorado were part of Mexico until the Mexican-American War.

Thank You, Texas!

Mexico did not recognize the independence of Texas and when it was admitted into the Union in 1845, there was an ongoing dispute of the southern boundary of Texas, now the Rio Grande River. 

Manifest Destiny

 

The USA tried to purchase California and Arizona-New Mexico territory from Mexico and also resolve the southern border of Texas. Mexico wouldn't budge so President James Polk used "Manifest Destiny" to take the land by force.  As a student in Texas, Texas history is taken very seriously! You best learn it! 

The Last of the Wild West

Each of the states mentioned above had territorial boundaries ascribed and eventually admitted into the Union.  As the last of the Wild West (and lower 48), Arizona was finally admitted on February 14th, 1912.  So today is a special day for all Zonies. 

"The 5 Cs"

Arizona's early economic history relied on the "5 Cs".  Copper, Climate, Cattle, Citrus, and Cotton. It was the largest copper mining state in the Union. Jerome, located in my area of Northern AZ, produced the most copper in the USA.  The GDP of Arizona would rank 41 in the world. It would be right below Chile in the United Nations ranking.

Valentine's Day Potpourri

I collect and place rocks that are heart-shaped in my yard. Sometimes I find these while hiking or walking in the area. Some plants or trees take on that heart shape as well. Here are just a few examples. 

 

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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Grant Schneider - I am very impressed!  I don't know if Arizona concentrates on the state history in schools. It was a big deal in Texas and my kids learned all about the missions in California. 

Feb 16, 2020 07:07 AM #16
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat - I wanted to do something a little different this year. 

Feb 16, 2020 07:08 AM #17
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Michael Jacobs - The Centennial was a big deal back in 2012. They still have the road signs out with those dates. 

Feb 16, 2020 07:11 AM #18
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Hi Bob Crane - We did celebrate.  I sent my grandson a special card with a dinosaur and though I see him regularly, his parents hadn't been to the mailbox so I just got a video today! 

Feb 16, 2020 07:14 AM #19
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi James Dray - It is always a good day when you can spend time out and about with your spouse!

Feb 16, 2020 07:15 AM #20
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Hi Brian England - Now you know. According to history, Taft was supposed to sign the declaration on Lincoln's birthday but had to go to NY instead. Zonies were very disappointed but Valentine's Day works pretty well also!

Feb 16, 2020 07:22 AM #21
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Hi Nina Hollander - I am so glad you appreciate it. 

Feb 16, 2020 07:23 AM #22
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Thank you so much, Kathy Streib - Thank you so much for the feature!

Another connection to Arizona.  Tucson is considered one of the top areas for sunshine in the entire United States at 286 days.  The USA averages 205 days.

Feb 16, 2020 07:28 AM #23
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much for sharing this history lesson. 

Have an outstanding week.

Feb 16, 2020 09:45 AM #24
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Absolutely Roy Kelley

It also helps to keep me sharp in my state's history.  Happy Sunday!

Feb 16, 2020 09:52 AM #25
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Hi Sheri:

What a fun history lesson about Arizona - I learned a few things! I really enjoyed the video!!

Jeff

Feb 16, 2020 12:45 PM #26
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Kat Palmiotti
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I hadn't ever heard the term Zonies! What a fun post; thank you for sharing Arizona's history.

Feb 17, 2020 06:01 AM #27
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You are such a wealth of information about Arizona and its neighbors, such a fun way to write your post. And I really liked your hearts video!

Feb 17, 2020 06:21 PM #28
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Oh my gosh, I love that you collect heart-shaped rocks, Sheri - you romantic, you! Great video!

Another wonderful history lesson here too. I guess happy birthday and Happy Valentine's Day Arizona are in order.

Feb 17, 2020 06:48 PM #29
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Joan Cox
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Sheri & Rick, happy birthday to the State of Arizona, and lots of great info on your state.

Feb 18, 2020 07:29 AM #30
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - I am glad you enjoyed it!

Feb 19, 2020 07:38 AM #31
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Hi Kat Palmiotti

I am glad you enjoyed it. Being admitted into the Union on Valentine's Day makes it a memorable day for "Zonies". It is an affectionate term but I am not sure all have heard it. 

Feb 19, 2020 07:44 AM #32
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Thank you Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson - In 2012, it was a year-long centennial celebration. Lots of info was covered. 

Feb 19, 2020 07:46 AM #33
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS -  Just a few days ago, my husband grabbed one of those heart-shaped rocks to use as a weight. He got an earful! Ha Ha!

Feb 19, 2020 07:48 AM #34
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Joan Cox - During the centennial year, every time you turned around there was new info coming out on the history. Have a great week.

Feb 19, 2020 07:50 AM #35
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