Key Chain for Arizona
One of Arizona's first nicknames was the Baby State from 1912 to 1959 when Alaska and Hawaii became the last two states to join the Union. Arizona is also known as the Valentine State because it gained its statehood on February 14, 1912 as the 48th state in the Nation. The Sand Hill State refers to the desert-like appearance in most sections of the state and the beautiful and scenic mountain ranges of Arizona are often compared to those of Italy which is why some people refer to Arizona as the Italy of America. The state of Arizona is also known as the Apache State because of the great number of Apache Indians that lived in the territory. Another nickname is the Copper State because Arizona leads the Nation in copper production. The state capital building has enough copper on its roof to equal 4.8 million pennies. Perhaps the biggest and official nickname of the state is the Grand Canyon State; named for one of the Seven Wonders of the World that lies in the northern half of the state.
The state of Arizona observes the Mountain Time all year long while the rest of the states spring forward around April and fall back in October; the one except being the Navajo Nation in the northeast corner of the state. You can also view the original London Bridge in Lake Havasu City. The Bridge was shipped stone-by-stone and reconstructed. In Fountain Hills you can check out the fountain that is believed to be the world's tallest fountain. An interesting thing to do while you're visiting this state is go to Four Corners in the northern half where four states come together. You can literally stand in all four states at one time.
Arizona has more land set aside for Indian reservations than any other state. The oldest Indian settlement in the country is the Oraibi which was founded by the Hopi; these latter Indians are actually known for growing multicolored corn. To commemorate this rich history of Arizona you'll want to purchase some souvenirs, such as a state keychain with the symbols on it, along with other memorabilia from internet store World-Wide-Gifts.
Arizona's State Symbols as Souvenirs
The state seal portrays Arizona's landscape, industry, and climate. In the hills stands a miner with pick axe and shovel while a brilliant sun rises over the hills; below all of that a fertile, irrigated field is springing to life. The state's motto Ditat Deus, meaning "God Enriches" lies in the top center of the seal and the year of Arizona's statehood is across the bottom. The state flag shows 13 rays of red & gold on the top half representing the 13 colonies and the western setting sun's rays. The bottom half is Liberty blue like the U.S. flag with a copper star in the center. The great seal and state flag of Arizona are depicted on an acrylic key chain online at World-Wide-Gifts.com.