Saving the best for last, Arizona was admitted to the Union on February 12, 1912, as the 48th state.
Here are some fun Arizona facts:
- The saguaro cactus -- the large iconic, tree-sized cacti in the picture above -- is native to Arizona (though very small populations have been found on the edges of New Mexico, California, and Mexico).
- Arizona has had more female governors than any other state.
- The cities of Mesa, Chandler, and Gilbert were all listed in Forbes' "America's 10 Most Boring Cities" (although Gilbert is actually a town, not a city). Clearly, here there is more than meets the eye.
- Some of the greatest people in the world -- namely my family and many of my friends -- live there.
- The Grand Canyon. Yeah, that's in Arizona.
- Area-wise, Arizona is the sixth largest state.
- The official state neckwear of Arizona is the bolo tie.
- I daresay that Arizona has the raddest flag in the nation.
- The average high for Phoenix in January is 67°. I really don't know how to beat that.
Happy 98th birthday, Arizona! I love you and I miss you.