By Bennett Owen
100 years ago yesterday, Arizona became the 48th state, the last piece of the puzzle in the contiguous US.
“The Grand Canyon is carven deep by the master hand; it is the gulf of silence, widened in the desert; it is all time inscribing the naked rock; it is the book of earth.” - Donald Culross Peattie
"Fort Yuma is probably the hottest place on earth…A wicked soldier died there, once, and of course, went straight to the hottest corner of perdition, - and the next day he telegraphed back for his blankets.” - Mark Twain, Roughing It
"There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind." - Annie Dillard
“They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars – on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.”
- Robert Frost
“Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
and waste its sweetness on the desert air.”
- Thomas Gray
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome dangerous, leading to the most amazing view…
May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”
- Edward Abbey