Untold Arizona

Published: Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 2:03pm
Updated: Monday, June 17, 2019 - 9:45am

Arizona is a unique place full of stories, folklore and Wild West chicanery. KJZZ is celebrating Arizona with stories outside the usual news. Hear season two of Untold Arizona from April 1-12, 2019.

Arizona is a unique place full of stories, folklore and Wild West chicanery. KJZZ is celebrating Arizona with stories outside the usual news. Season two explores a crumbling ghost town, revisits bullfighting at the border, travels the metric highway — and takes more trips off the beaten path.

Episode 13 | April 12, 2019


In the 1950s and '60s, Arizona tourists and Hollywood stars filled the stands to see some of the world’s most famous bullfighters. →



Episode 12 | April 11-12, 2019


People of have been living in the Southwest for thousands of years. This is evident in the ground stones they left behind. →



Episode 11 | April 11, 2019


The 1955 movie-musical "Oklahoma!" was actually filmed in the San Rafael Valley, a small patch of land in southern Arizona. →



Episode 10 | April 10, 2019


In the mid-1960s, the waters of a massive dam in northern Mexico flooded three small towns in Sonora, displacing their residents. →



Episode 9 | April 10, 2019


How one street artist commemorated the killing of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, a Mexican teenager who was shot by a Border Patrol agent. →



Episode 8 | April 9, 2019


Hidden away in a dusty neighborhood just south of the Arizona border, a group of women are creating a sustainable community for themselves. →



Episode 7 | April 9, 2019


The Verde, the Gila, the Salt — without these rivers, life in Arizona would be unthinkable. Scientists are still piecing together their mysterious origins. →



Episode 6 | April 8, 2019


The largest collection of global children’s literature in the country and the second largest in the world is in Tucson →



Episode 5 | April 5, 2019


Interstate 19 in southern Arizona is the country’s only continuous highway that lists distances in kilometers, not miles. →



Episode 4 | April 4, 2019


A well known treat in Sonora — but not as well known outside of it — is the coyota, a flat, flaky pastry stuffed with sweet filling. →



Episode 3 | April 3, 2019


“Rillito’s a good town, but it’s a forgotten town. It’s a good community. But if you on the freeway and you blink, and you driving by, you miss it." →



Episode 2 | April 2, 2019


A historic school in Ajo has been preserved into affordable artists housing and creatives are flocking to the desert to live there. →



Episode 1 | April 1, 2019


During Route 66’s heyday, families drove cross country on the "Mother Road" and took in a variety of roadside attractions. In Arizona, many stopped halfway between Flagstaff and Winslow at a spooky ghost town. →



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Untold Arizona: Season 1



Due South | Feb. 14, 2018


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. →



Offbeat Places | Feb. 14, 2018


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. →



Second Chances | Feb. 13, 2018


Scout Troop 4 is made up of inmates at the Adobe Mountain School, a secured facility for juvenile offenders, just north of Phoenix. →



Second Chances | Feb. 13, 2018


Arizona’s earliest residents grew teparies for thousands of years, but in recent history, the beans were at risk of shriveling into obscurity. →



Ground Work | Feb. 12, 2018


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. →



Ground Work | Feb. 12, 2018


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. →




Ground Work | Feb. 9, 2018


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. →




Historical Clashes | Feb. 9, 2018


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. →




Historical Clashes | Feb. 8, 2018


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. →




Offbeat Places | Feb. 7, 2018


About a mile from the Superstition Mountain sits a white, wooden chapel with a unique connection to the King of rock 'n' roll. →




Offbeat Places | Feb. 6, 2018


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. →




Due South | Feb. 5, 2018


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? →




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