February 14th is Valentines Day, of course. It is also Arizona Statehood Day. Arizona became the 48th state on February 14, 1912.
From the Prescott Daily Courier:
1. Arizona turns 105 years-old this year
2. It took Arizona 56 years to gain statehood
3. Congress wanted to combine Arizona and New Mexico and admit it as one state, but people living in the territory of Arizona voted against it 16,265 to 3,141
4. Arizona officially became a state on Feb. 14, 1912
5. Which also happens to be Valentine’s Day
6. And Oregon’s birthday
7. President William Howard Taft signed Arizona into statehood
8. Arizona’s first governor, George W. P. Hunt was present for the signing in Washington D.C.
9. Arizona only had 200,000 residents at the time of statehood
10. Arizona was the 48th territory to become a state, making it one of the youngest states in our country’s history
More from our Thursday road trip. Winslow Az. if you’re a boomer or like 1970’s rock music, you likely thought of the lyrics to “Take it easy” by the Eagles when you saw the town name. “Standin on a corner in Winslow, Arizona …”. You’re in good company, there is a park by this name in Winslow.
Our destination in Winslow was the La Posada hotel, which includes the Turquoise Room restaurant. This is one of the best restaurants in Arizona, and we went there for lunch. The hotel was a Harvey House railroad hotel which has been restored. The railroad track is just behind the hotel.