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Birthdays
1858
George Washington Goethals, engineer who built the Panama Canal.
1861
William James Mayo, American surgeon
1865
Shigechiyo Izumi, alive at 120 (greatest authenticated human age)
1901
Nelson Eddy, baritone, duets with Jeanette MacDonald, (New Moon).
1919
Slim Pickens, actor, (Dr. Strangelove, Blazing Saddles)
Events
1776
Mission Dolores founded by San Francisco Bay.
1854
Congress ratifies Gadsden Purchase of parts of New Mexico, Ariz.
1863
The very first First National Bank opens in Davenport, Iowa.
1916
The first Boeing aircraft flies.
1929
First high-speed jet wind tunnel completed Langley Field, CA.
1946
British arrest 2700 Jews in Palestine as alleged terrorists
1952
First aircraft carrier to sail around Cape Horn - the Oriskany.
1962
First flight of the Vickers VC-10 long-range airliner.
1971
Soyuz 11 docks with Salyut 1 for 22 days

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Did you know our coffees also make wonderful treats? Why not try one of our recipes below?

Creamy Coffee Fudge

Ingredients:
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup strong coffee, brewed and cooled
1 T. butter
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
dash salt
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Directions:
In a saucepan over moderate heat, mix together all ingredients except nuts, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil, stirring constantly until mixture reaches the soft ball stage (234 degrees). Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm without stirring. Beat until mixture thickens and is no longer glossy. Stir in nuts and pour into buttered pie plate or dish, to a thickness of approximately one inch. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into serving pieces.

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Interesting facts about Arizona

  • Metropolitan Phoenix is the nation's sixth largest city with more than 450 square miles in land area.
  • Lord Darryl Duppa is credited with naming the city of Phoenix after the mythical bird that rose from the ashes of its own nest.
  • The prehistoric Hohokam Indians, the early inhabitants of Arizona, disappeared in the 1400s.
  • Irrigation canal networks built by the Hohokam Indians are still in use today.
  • The Sonoran Desert is considered the world's greenest desert.
  • Prescott was the first capital of the Arizona Territory.
  • The state of Arizona encompasses 118,000 square miles.
  • Only 15 percent of the land in Arizona is privately owned.
  • Approximately 85 percent of Arizona land is dedicated to forests, parks, wilderness, wildlife preserves, recreation areas and Native American reservations.
  • Arizona residents can boast of living in a state that has more national monuments than any other state in the continental US. 
  • The world's largest stretch of ponderosa pine forest reaches from Alpine through Flagstaff, Prescott and Payson.
  • Altitudes in Arizona vary greatly from 70 feet above sea level near Yuma to 12,643 feet at Humphrey's Peak near Flagstaff.
  • The first European to stepped foot in Arizona approximately 80 years before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock.
  • Coronado and his Conquistadors started exploring Southern Arizona in 1540.
  • Tucson became a part of the US after the Gadsden Purchase in 1854.
  • Picacho Peak, near Tucson, was the site of the westernmost battle of the Civil War.
  • During the 1880s a saloonkeeper and two gamblers donated the land that now houses the University of Arizona. 
  • Tucson is nicknamed "The Old Pueblo".
  • The Apache warrior Geronimo was an Arizona native who was pursued by nearly three-quarters of the nation's ground troops.
  • The legendary showdown for which Tombstone is famous is reenacted daily at the original OK Corral.
  • The London Bridge is the largest antique ever sold to the US.
  • The London Bridge was shipped stone-by-stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City.
  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument at Lake Powell is the largest natural bridge in the US.
  • Arizona was originally noted for the 4 C's -- Copper, Cotton, Citrus and Cattle.
  • Arizona is amongst the states with the highest rates of boat ownership.
  • All of Arizona's lakes, with the exception of Stoneman Lake, were man-made by damming various rivers such as the Gila, Salt and Verde rivers.
  • Stoneman Lake, the only naturally occurring lake in Arizona, is a small lake formed in a volcanic crater and fed by snowmelt from the crater's slopes.
  • Arizona trout can only be found in the state of Arizona.
  • Arizona's official state flower is the saguaro cactus blossom.
  • The saguaro is the largest cactus found in America.
  • Arizona leads the nation in copper production.
  • Arizona's official state fossil is petrified wood.
  • Arizona can boast of having the bola tie as its official neckwear.
  • Arizona's official state tree is the Palo Verde.
  • Arizona's state bird is the cactus wren.
  • Arizona's state gemstone is turquoise.
  • The amount of copper used to cover the roof of the state Capitol is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies.
  • The battleship USS Arizona, commissioned in 1913 and launched in 1915, was named in honor of the state.
  • Four flags of have flown over Arizona -- the flags of Spain, Mexico, the Confederacy and the United States.
  • The Southern Pacific Railroad connected Arizona with the eastern states in 1926.
  • To find the geographic center of Arizona you will need to travel approximately 55 miles southeast of Prescott.
  • The age of a saguaro cactus can be determined by its height.
  • Blue and gold are the official state colors of Arizona.
  • The town of Fountain Hills can boast of having the tallest fountain in the world.
  • The Hopi Indians of Arizona are noted for growing multicolored corn.
  • Barry Goldwater, the famous senator and presidential candidate, was born in Phoenix.
  • Architect Frank Lloyd Wright constructed his Taliesin West near Phoenix in 1939.
  • Arizona became the 48th state on February 14th, 1912.
  • As a part of a failed experiment ordered by Jefferson Davis, who was acting as the secretary of war under President Pierce, camels were used as transport.
  • The Parada Del Sol, held in Scottsdale, is considered to be the "World's Largest Horse Drawn Parade".
  • The saguaro cacti grow exclusively in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.
  • The sun shines in Arizona 85 percent of the time.
  • Arizona's state motto is "Ditat Deus" which translates to "God Enriches".
  • Parker Dam on the Colorado River is considered the world's deepest dam with a depth greater than 320 feet deep.
  • The Colorado River winds 277 miles through the Grand Canyon.
  • The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, approximately one mile deep and has an average width of 10 miles.
  • Arizona's Grand Canyon is one of the most studied geological landscapes in the world.
  • Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport is the sixth busiest airport in the country.
  • In 2001, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat out the New York Yankees to win the World Series.
  • Almost five million people call Arizona home.
  • Tonto Natural Bridge is the world's largest travertine bridge, measuring more than 500 feet.
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