Arizona is a state immersed with a rich history. There’s been many famous Arizonans including rock singer Stevie Nicks and film star Emma Stone as well as an exciting past including the infamous O.K. Corral gunfight. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
To celebrate our beautiful state, here are some fun and interesting factoids about Arizona to fascinating tidbits and stories connected to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In all, there’s a lot to learn about the Grand Canyon State.
- Women in Arizona received the right to vote in 1912, eight years before the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified.
- The first temple to administer ordinances in a different language than English was the Mesa Arizona Temple. The recommendation came from Joseph Fielding Smith after he went on a tour of the church’s Spanish-American mission in 1943. The ordinances were first presented in Spanish in 1945.
- During World War II, many Navajos from Arizona were enlisted as secret agents because the enemies couldn’t understand the Navajo language. Because of that, they protected many military secrets. In 2002, the movie “Windtalkers” was made about these code talkers.
- Thatcher, Arizona is the hometown of Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, 12th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where you can still find his childhood home on Church Street.
- The traditional English Nursery Rhyme, London Bridge is Falling Down (while rooted in earlier myths) came true in the 1960s when the infamous bridge began to sink into the Thames River. The bridge was soon replaced with a more solid structure. However, England put the stones up for sale. Eventually, the original London Bridge was shipped stone by stone and reassembled in Lake Havasu City, Arizona over a lagoon.