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5 Fun Facts About May 21 In Arizona History

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1. In 1983, the town of Williams, Arizona was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Williams is located on historic Route 66 and is known for its Wild West history and iconic neon signs.

2. On May 21, 1917, the U.S. Army opened Camp Bowie in central Arizona. The camp was used for training soldiers during World War I and hosted over 36,000 troops before being decommissioned in 1920.

3. In 1959, Arizona became the 48th state to legalize bingo. The state's bingo industry has grown significantly over the years, with charities and Native American tribes operating over 120 bingo halls throughout the state.

4. On May 21, 1960, the iconic London Bridge was shipped to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it was reassembled over the Colorado River. The bridge served as a tourist attraction and a symbol of the city's connection to England until it was sold to a private owner in 2018.

5. In 2007, the Phoenix Suns defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The Suns went on to win the series and advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993. Although the team lost to the champion San Antonio Spurs in the Finals, the season was a memorable one for Suns fans.
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