Arizona-Oregon Statehood


February 14 celebrates the statehood dates of Arizona, which became the 48th state in 1912, and Oregon, which became the 33rd state in 1859.

If your family lived in Oregon or Arizona they would be celebrating their state's entry into the Union every Valentine's Day, February 14

Oregon, known as the Beaver State, ranks 9th in land area and 28th in population.  Its state bird is the meadowlark, its flower the Oregon grape, and its tree the Douglas fir.

The flag of Oregon is the only one with different pictures on each side. On the reverse is a beaver.  The front is a field of blue, with a  picture which includes a heart shaped shield with an eagle on top, surrounded by thirty-three stars.

Arizona is nicknamed the Grand Canyon State.  It’s state flag has 13 rays of red and gold on the top half of the flag which represent both the 13 original colonies and the rays of the Western setting sun. The bottom half of the flag has the same Liberty blue as the United States flag. Since Arizona was the largest producer of copper in the nation, a copper star was placed in the flag’s center.

Arizona’s state bird is the cactus wren, the flower the Saguaro cactus blossom, and its tree the Palo Verde.  The white flower blooms on the tips of the Saguaro cactus during May and June. The saguaro is the largest American cactus.

Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis. The one exception is the Navajo Nation, located in the northeast corner of the state, which observes the  daylight savings time change.

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  1. I am a native Hoosier and l have lived all across America. While born in Terre Haute, on the “Banks of the Wabash”, grew-up in the country, 5 miles out of town. As kid we vacationed in `Arkansas visiting my Arnold grand parents, my Mom’s parents. We lived next door to my Dad’s Mom. Grandpa was a truck gardener, with a greenhouse and 15 acres of fields corn (both sweet and field), soybeans, wheat and sometimes rye, dozens chickens for eggs and meat, cows for milk and cream. They raised 12 children, 6 girls and 6 boys. I never met him, he lived from 1867-1946, I am a forty-niner. Grandma (1879-1962) and Aunt Grace(1911-1999) (never married) lived next door to us. Uncle Clarence, a watchmaker/repairer, was on her south-side of her (separated by a garden cow pasture) and Uncle Paul, a fireman and gardener, was on the north-side of us(separated a strawberry patch and usually a field corn, soybeans, or wheat and a garden of watermelons, cantaloupes,.green beans, peas, sweetcorn, and sometimes popcorn or Indian corn. On Sunday’s many uncles, aunts and cousins were visiting. My two brothers and two sisters and I had a lot of cousins and 1st cousins once removed! One big happy family! I have seen a lot of America, from Indiana to Pensacola, Florida, Florida to Midway Island (via San Francisco to Honolulu airports), up to Adak Island, at the end of the Aleutians (via Seattle and Anckorage) when I served in the navy, then back to Indiana. College days took me from Indiana to Idaho, on to Utah and back to Indiana(called home for 24 yrs) . From Indiana to Ohio(called home for 13 yrs) to Arizona(called home for 20 yrs and counting), and here I will stay. Happily married and adding grandchildren, etc.

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