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The United States Arizona

Updated on December 5, 2012

Arizona At A Glance

The State of Arizona is situated in the Southwestern USA and was the last territory in the continental U.S. to become a state, making it number 48. Arizona is bordered by Utah in the north, New Mexico in the east, Mexico in the south, and California and Nevada in the west. Arizona is the sixth largest state in the USA.

No one can be sure sure where the state of Arizona got its name. It possibly comes from the Spanish version of the Pima Indian word for "little spring place.", but might also originate from the Aztec word "arizuma," meaning "silver-bearing." The Spaniards first used the name Arizona for their mining camps by the Planchas de Plata mine.

Arizona is nicknamed the "Grand Canyon State.", and many tourists come to visit this spectacular landmark every year. The Grand Canyon is recognized as one of the top Seven Natural Wonders Of The World.

Arizona has no shortage of historical links either. The Gunfight At The O.K. Corral between Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday with the Clanton gang took place in Tombstone, October 1881. The famous Apache Indian chief Geronimo surrendered in the state in 1885. The state has changed greatly since the days of the "Wild West", but there are still large areas that retain the feel of that era for tourists.

The blend of Indian, Spanish and Mexican influences can be seen in the architecture in the state, as well as in it's customs, foods, and the names of it's places.

The nickname for Arizona is the "Copper State" as it is a leading producer of Copper. It is also still a leading grower of cotton.

This lens was created with the idea that it would become an index of all the Squidoo lenses about Arizona. If you have a lens that is about Arizona, feel free to add it to the list of Arizona lenses below.

Many thanks to for use of the state map.

Phoenix The Capital Of Arizona - Find Phoenix on the map.

Planning a trip to Arizona? Use this handy map from Google to help you find what you are looking for.

By The Time I Get To Phoenix - A classic hit from Glen Campbell.

"By The Time I Get To Phoenix" by Glen Campbell and written by Jimmy Webb reached #3 in the U.S. Pop Charts in 1967.

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This is a set of lenses about the United States Of America and includes all 50 states, with a lens for each. Each lens includes a list where you can add any lenses that are relevant to that state. Added Bonus: if you add a link back to my state lens and Lensroll it to yours, I will make your lens a Favorite Lens to help spotlight it.




GEORGIA         HAWAII          IDAHO











TEXAS           UTAH            VERMONT



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      Joyce T. Mann 5 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      Loved this lens. Arizona is my husband's home state, and he and I are graduates of the Univ. of Arizona in Tucson. Tombstone is my favorite small town in Arizona.

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      Monika Weise 5 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Thanks, I am thinking of moving to Arizona. This lens was a big help for me.

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      Darcie French 6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I LOVE Arizona. It's my home away from home (in my mind, anyway :)

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Lots to know about Arizona! Thanks for all the info with a THUMBS UP, SQUID ANGEL BLESSED!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      My husband and I will be heading into the US shortly so I have been looking at southern lenses all day. Thanks for this one :)

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      whirlwind 6 years ago

      Hello poddys. Thumbs up. I have a close friend who lives in Arizona.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I've never been to Arizona. I would like to go one day.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am enjoying your state lenses, I lived in Arizona as a boy and spent many years of my adult life in California.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'm originally from New England, but Arizona is now my home. Flagstaff to be specific, where it's currently below freezing and snowing. (Had four feet of the white stuff in 3 days not long ago.) Sure do love it here, though. I'll lensroll this to a few of my Flagstaff lenses.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Yep, the Grand Canyon is on my extended wish list!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      I've been here, Phoenix, Flagstaff, the petrified forest, Grand Canyon, Sedona...Great place to visit but I would personally want to live there. Give me something more lush and green. Nice lens once again.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Tony -- you are definitely on a roll with these great state lenses!

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      Love Arizona, love this lens! We go there almost every winter for at least a month. If I could afford it, I'd have a second home there.

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      QueSea 8 years ago

      One of my favorite places to visit. Grand Canyon, Four Corners, Sedona, Flagstaff, Quartzite: they're all places I like to go on road trips.

      I like the way this lens, and others that you've made, include weather and maps. The State coin was an especially nice touch!

      I can hardly wait until you get to Wyoming (smile).

      Glad you're taking us along on your journey.

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love Arizona - but I've been there only during winter months. Years ago I hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Maybe I'll write a lens about that one of these days.

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      Webcodes LM 8 years ago

      Great Arizona lens. 5*

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      I have always liked Arizona. Nice lens!

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      I have a friend moving to Sedona Arizona, It is about an hour from Flagstaff, right at the foot of the mountains, kind of an artsy place. She goes on and on about how beautiful it is. But expensive. I have been to the grand canyon. but I really don't love the heat. Great lens. Liked your zazzle.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I can't wait until you get to South Carolina. Great work. I have only been to Arizona one time so learned a lot here.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Looks like I caught you right in the middle of an update. Looks great!

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Arizona is one of my favorite states. I've completed a bunch of lenses featuring National Parks and attractions in the state (The Grand Canyon, The Grand Circle), so I'm looking forward to seeing this one.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Another great USA lens. Are you going to do every State in alphabetical order? I'm looking forward to Wyoming :-)