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Arizona was the 48th state in the USA; it became a state on February 14, 1912.
State Abbreviation - AZ
State Capital - Phoenix
Largest City - Phoenix
Area - 114,006 square miles [Arizona is the 6th biggest state in the USA]
Population - 5,130,632 (as of 2000) [Arizona is the 20th most populous state in the USA]
Major Industries - mining (copper, molybdenum, gold, and silver), manufacturing, and tourism
Major Rivers - Colorado River, Little Colorado River, Gila River, Bill Williams River
Major Lakes - Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, Lake Mohave, Theodore Roosevelt Lake, San Carlos Lake, Lake Powell
Highest Point - Humphreys Peak - 12,633 feet (3,581 m) above sea level
Bordering States - California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah
Bordering Country - Mexico
Origin of the Name Arizona - The word Arizona comes from one of the following (its origin is not certain): the Aztec Indian word "arizuma," that means "silver-bearing," from the Tohono O'odham Indian word "Aleh-zone" which means "small spring," or the Pima Indian word "Ali shonak" which also means "small spring."
State Nickname - Grand Canyon State
State Motto - "Ditat Deus," God Enriches
State Song - Arizona March Song
Dinosaur Fossils Found in Arizona - Ammosaurus, Anchisaurus, Anomoepus, Chindesaurus, Coelophysis, Dilophosaurus, Eubrontes, Massospondylus, Navahopus, Revueltosaurus, Rioarribasaurus, Scutellosaurus, Segisaurus, Sonorasaurus, Syntarsus
Arizona State Symbols and Emblems:
The official state flag of Arizona was officially adopted on February 17, 1917. It was designed by Colonel Charles W. Harris (adjutant general and chief administrative officer of Arizona) and was first sewn by Nan D. Hayden.
The 13 yellow and red rays represent both the Sun's rays and the original 13 colonies of the United States of America. The colors red and yellow are used because they were the colors of the flag of the Spanish conquistadors led by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, who entered Arizona in 1540 (looking for the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola). The copper-colored star in the middle represents copper mining, since Arizona produces more copper than any other state in the USA.
Arizona was the 48th state in the USA; it was admitted in 1912 (it had been part of Mexico before the Mexican War).
Arizona Ridgenose Rattlesnake
Arizona Tree Frog
Saguaro Cactus Blossom
Arizona Casa - Grande
The bolo tie
Blue and old gold