Arizona became the 48th state ninety-nine years ago today. They had a Countdown to Arizona's Centennial at the state capitol today. See the beautiful copper dome in the background? It was a beautiful 80 degrees: the reason we live in Arizona to begin with.
Buckshot Dot gave a rousing rendition of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Not very accurate but full of colorful descriptions of some of the early Tombstone characters.
Marshall Trimble, state historian; and Dolan Ellis, state troubadour, sang and told stories.
Marshall announced that history was made today. He had received a letter from a fifth grade girl in California asking about our official state nickname.We didn't have one. Today, Marshall and the girl joined others in the capitol as Gov. Brewer officially nicknamed our state "The Grand Canyon State."
Well, I say it's about time!
My favorite display was this one from the Arizona Military Museum.
I love to imagine the people who used these items.
Happy Birthday Arizona!