To commemorate Arizona’s birthday, we dispatched our reporters far and wide to bring you stories from the region you've probably never heard before.
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Untold Arizona: Season 1
Historians have been uncertain whether the body of the famed Basque explorer for the Spanish Crown was actually who everyone assumed it to be. A single clerical error led to a centuries old mystery in northern Mexico. →
If you drive north from Benson long enough you’ll reach the tiny community of Cascabel. In recent years, hundreds of new residents have flocked there, to a haven for parrots in need of a home. →
Scout Troop 4 is made up of inmates at the Adobe Mountain School, a secured facility for juvenile offenders, just north of Phoenix. →
Arizona’s earliest residents grew teparies for thousands of years, but in recent history, the beans were at risk of shriveling into obscurity. →
We all know Hoover Dam, and you might know about the Imperial or other dams that manage the Colorado River. But the very first completed dam on the Colorado was the Laguna Dam. →
Skull Valley was originally settled as those going West came to find metals in the ground. Those mines helped build the towns, and all of them are long gone — except for one. →
To Arizonans turquoise is the stone of belt buckles, artists, galleries - and a rich Native American cultural heritage. Trace turquoise’s story from its archaeological past to it uncertain future. →
In Tucson’s Barrio Viejo evidence of the city’s Mexican heritage is everywhere. Visitors come to eat tacos, to admire adobe architecture, and if they know where to go, they can make a wish too at El Tiradito. →
The Pleasant Valley War exploded out of a feud between two families. Historians have tried to document exactly what happened, but ran into misinformation campaigns designed to protect those involved. →
About a mile from the Superstition Mountain sits a white, wooden chapel with a unique connection to the King of rock 'n' roll. →
If you have ever driven to San Diego, chances are you've seen billboards for the “world-famous date shakes” in the tiny town of Dateland. But Dateland is home to more than just date shakes. →
Almost two centuries ago, the United States fought a gruesome war against Mexico and annexed a vast territory that includes Arizona. What does Arizona mean to Mexico nowadays? →