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5 Fun Facts About July 1 In Arizona History

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1. Arizona officially became a state on July 1, 1912. It was the 48th state to join the United States.

2. The first-ever legalized casino in the United States opened on July 1, 1993 in Arizona. It was called the Casino Arizona.

3. July 1, 1871 marked the beginning of the construction of the first railroad line in Arizona. It was built by the Southern Pacific Railroad Company and connected Yuma to Tucson.

4. Arizona's first governor, George W.P. Hunt, was inaugurated on July 1, 1912, the same day the state became a part of the Union.

5. The Grand Canyon National Park, one of the most famous landmarks of Arizona, was officially dedicated on July 1, 1902. Theodore Roosevelt was the one who declared the site a national park.
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