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A story about a group of Boy Scouts who live in an unexpected place, trying to find a path to a better life. Plus, a tasty story about a little-known food grown in Arizona that’s making a culinary comeback.
We’re heading for Mexico. The first story is a mystery older than Arizona itself. For more than 50 years, historians have been uncertain whether the body of a famed explorer from the Spanish Crown was actually who everyone assumed it to be. And almost two centuries ago, the U.S. fought a gruesome war against Mexico and annexed a vast territory that includes Arizona. So, what does Arizona mean to Mexico nowadays, considering the past, but also the present and future?
We’re channeling Elivs Presley himself — exploring a piece of movie history that found its way to the middle of the Arizona desert. There's also a story about sweet a spot you’ve probably passed on Interstate 8. And in Cascabel, Arizona, a haven for parrots in need of a home.
For the first tale, we consider how the site of a violent murder turned into a destination of hope for many. Arizona’s past is riddled with conflicts — including a merciless war that started in the tiny village of Young. And while not as famous as Tombstone, it was just as bloody.
We’re getting back to the land. In the first story, we trace turquoise from its archaeological past to its uncertain future. Then from turquoise in Golden Valley to water in the Yuma Valley — the history of the very first dam on the Colorado River. To the northeast of the Laguna Dam is Skull Valley - a town originally settled for those moving West in search of metals. Now the mines are long gone, except one.