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Letters to the Editor

March 2014
March 2014
I live in Fountain Hills, and I’m a docent for the River of Time Museum. Our museum concentrates not only on the history of Fountain Hills, but also the entire Phoenix area. Regarding your story [The Verde, March 2014], I’ll bet you didn’t know that the Verde River runs backward. At one time, the Phoenix area was higher than Flagstaff. As Arizonans, we have a responsibility to stress to the next generation the importance of water to our very livelihood. We cannot have the Arizona we have now without it.

JoAnne Collins, Fountain Hills, Arizona

In her Carefree to the Verde River article [Scenic Drive, February 2014], Kelly Vaughn Kramer neglected to mention two important points. There’s a natural hot spring about 100 yards upstream from the sheep bridge. The spring (hidden among rushes) feeds into a concrete tub. Very relaxing. Also, retracing one’s vehicular steps isn’t necessary to return home. A river crossing (except in rare flooding) about 100 yards downstream from the bridge (high-clearance and four-wheel-drive recommended) leads to the east side, and there’s a good dirt road that heads south. A short distance south of Horseshoe Dam, another established crossing leads to the west bank. From there, travelers can head south to Carefree.

Fred Cline, Tombstone, Arizona

question of the century
The city of Yuma is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Why? I don’t see any documentation to support this. To me, it looks like Yuma is 141 years old, but I know Arizona was only 100 in 2012. Do you have any history on this?

John Heiligenthal, Yuma, Arizona

Editor's Note: Thanks for the question, John. It’s true that there’s been a city named Yuma at that location since 1873. Before that, it was called Arizona City. However, April 7, 1914, is the day that Yuma was chartered as a city under the laws of the newly formed state of Arizona. That’s the occasion being marked this year.

Out with the old
I love your magazine as much as ever. I started reading it at my grandparents’ home as soon as I could read. Now I read it on my iPad 3, and it’s more beautiful than ever. It’s always stunning. It saddened me when I had to give up my collection of back issues, which I’d kept from my grandparents’ home. Yet it thrills me to be able to see the new ones in all of their glory.

Bonita Birnstengel, Grand Marais, Minnesota

quite the sites
That was a nice article on the Buckskin Boutique [Local Favorites, February 2014], but I was surprised it didn’t mention the wonderful campground that’s right there overlooking the water. There’s a great nature trail, too, with beautiful rock formations. It’s one of the nicest campgrounds in Arizona.

Linda Webster, Fort Mohave, Arizona

points in time
One of the photos in Life on the Edge [February 2014] portrays Grand Canyon seasonal rangers at Hopi Point in 1940. My, how times change. The 1940 rangers are all male, all about the same height, and they’re dressed in tall boots and ties. In May 2008, while serving as a Volunteer-in-the-Park at Grand Canyon, I reproduced the 1940 photo in current day. The 2008 interpretive rangers include seven women and two men of varying height and modern dress

Jonathan Upchurch, Ivins, Utah

spokes person
I’ve been meaning to write for a while to thank Arizona Highways for including cycling and cyclists in your magazine — especially your efforts to highlight great public roads for cycling (not just relegating bicycles and bicyclists to trails). Not everyone is so friendly to bicyclists and their rights to the road. As you may know, the League of American Bicyclists ranks Arizona 10th in its Bicycle Friendly State rankings. Scottsdale and Tucson rank as gold-level Bicycle Friendly Communities, Flagstaff and Tempe rank silver, and five other Arizona cities and towns rank bronze. In addition, Arizona is home to 11 bicycle-friendly businesses and two bicycle-friendly universities. Thank you for supporting Arizona’s bicycle friendliness.

George Ivey, Canton, North Carolina

complementary issue
I have to say, first, that I admire Arizona Highways. The stories and pictures — sorry, Several years ago I did some Norwegian ancestral-genealogy research for a gentleman who lives in Arizona. It was a joy to help him figure out who his correct ancestors were in the Valdres, Oppland, area of Norway. Several months after I’d helped him, I received a gift subscription from him to your wonderful magazine. It’s a pleasure for me each month when the magazine arrives. I read it cover to cover. I love the stories in each issue, and the pictures are beautiful. We haven’t been to Arizona, but with each issue, I learn more and more about your beautiful state.

Jean Marthaler, St. Joseph, Minnesota

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