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5 Fun Facts About March 2 In Arizona History

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1. Arizona became a state on March 2, 1912, making this date a significant anniversary for residents of the state. The state's capital, Phoenix, is named after the mythical bird that rises from the ashes, symbolizing the rebirth of the state as an independent territory.

2. The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument was established on March 2, 1889. The monument preserves the remains of an ancient Hohokam village that was abandoned around 1450 CE, and serves as a reminder of the rich cultural history of the desert southwest.

3. Arizona's first significant gold discovery was made on March 2, 1858, when Henry Wickenburg found gold in the Hassayampa River. The discovery spurred a gold rush in the region and led to the establishment of several mining towns, including the town of Wickenburg, named after the discoverer.

4. In 1965, the Hotel San Carlos in downtown Phoenix was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 2. The hotel has hosted several notable guests over the years, including Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, and Humphrey Bogart.

5. On March 2, 2017, Tucson became the first city in Arizona to declare itself an "Immigrant Welcoming City." The designation was intended to show support for immigrants and refugees, and to promote a sense of inclusivity and diversity within the community.
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