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  • 8 Places You Can Go in Arizona to Explore Its History

    Published August 6th 2018 at 10:36am

    When it comes to statehood, Arizona is one of the youngest in the United States. With all of the development going on, it can be easy to forget that a place new to so many has its own unique history. Here are eight historical sites to visit if you're interested in a peak at Arizona's past.

    1. Mission San Xavier del Bac

    Address:  1950 W. San Xavier Road, Tucson, AZ


    Built in the 18th century, this still-operating mission is considered to be one of the oldest and finest examples of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States.

    2. Hubbell Trading Post

    Address:  1/2 AZ-264, Ganado, AZ

    The oldest trading post still in operation on the Navajo Reservation, this site also offers a look at the family that owned and operated it in its early years.


    3. Taliesin West

    Address:  12345 N. Taliesin Drive, Scottsdale, AZ


    This National Historic Landmark was painstakingly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his apprentices as a winter home and headquarters for the Taliesin Fellowship. Today, it's the home of the foundation and school of architecture named after him.

    4. Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

    Address:  220 N. Prison Hill Road, Yuma, AZ


    The most infamous of territorial prisons in the 19th century, Yuma Territorial Prison was used for everything from a high school to a hospital before its designation as the third state park in Arizona history.

    5. Riordan Mansion State Park

    Address:  409 W. Riordan Road, Flagstaff, AZ


    Built in 1904, this duplex-style mansion is an example of American Arts and Crafts style of architecture designed by Charles Whittlesey - the architect who worked on the El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon.

    6. Pioneer Living History Museum

    Address:  3901 W. Pioneer Rd, Phoenix, AZ


    A combination of original and reconstructed buildings, this museum recreates life in a 19th-century Arizona pioneer town.

    7. San Bernardino (John Slaughter) Ranch

    Address:  6153 Geronimo Trail, Douglas, AZ


    If you were ever curious about the life of the sheriff with a reputation for cleaning up the territory and helping track Geronimo, his ranch is considered a National Historic Landmark

    8. Mary Colter's Buildings - Grand Canyon National Park


    While you're at the Grand Canyon, be sure to squeeze in visits to Hopi House, Hermit's Rest, Lookout Studio, and other buildings designed by Mary Colter - one of America's earliest female architects.

    If you have ideas or any other interest that you would like us to cover please let us know in the comments below.


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