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Arizona Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 3, 2023

 
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 Arizona ranks 31st among states and provinces with markers in this database. Arizona is a state in the United States of America located in the American Mountains. It is also in the Southwest region. Arizona is some 114 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 7.2 million people. The state is divided into 15 counties and all of them have entries in this database. In Arizona we have discovered historical markers in 169 cities and towns lying in 198 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 1,562 historical markers in Arizona, by our count. We have cataloged 1,557 historical markers and 49 war memorials—each individually presented on 1,589 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another five historical markers in Arizona that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first Arizona marker in the database, London Bridge, was added December 21, 2007. It was photographed in Lake Havasu City in Mohave County and was erected in 1971. The last one added was submitted on November 8, 2022, and titled A City in Motion: The Heyday of the Santa Fe Railway. It is in Winslow in Navajo County and had been erected in 2017. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Arizona was erected in 1887. It was this one: Grand Army of the Republic Memorial, and one of our correspondents found it in Tombstone in Cochise County on July 16, 2010.

Arizona Historical Topics
282 • Settlements and Settlers
266 • Industry and Commerce
256 • Notable Buildings
214 • Native Americans
173 • Air and Space
126 • Notable Places
114 • Roads and Vehicles
85 • Forts and Castles
81 • Architecture
77 • Churches and Religion
    ... and others ...

Arizonans don’t want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Arizona about Settlements and Settlers—282 of them—than about any other historical topic. A close second is Industry and Commerce with 266 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers topic was Old Fort Bowie, added April 10, 2008. It had been erected in Bowie in Cochise County. The last one submitted was submitted on February 10, 2022, and titled Crossing Into History. It had been erected in Yuma in Yuma County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers topic that we have listed was erected in 1922. It is S. E. Corner Adobe Wall of Spanish Presidio of Tucson, found in Tucson in Pima County on January 14, 2010.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Arizona? What we know is that Rose Tree is the most viewed entry in the database from Arizona since it was added in 2012. It is located in Tombstone in Cochise County. This year so far, the most viewed Arizonan entry is located near Eagar in Apache County. It is 26 Bar Hereford Ranch.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Arizona county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Pima County, with 308 of them. It is followed by Coconino County with 223 markers. The Tucson area of Pima County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 290. In Coconino County the area with the most markers, 53, is Flagstaff.

Historical Markers in These
Arizona Counties
308 • Pima County
223 • Coconino County
213 • Maricopa County
148 • Yavapai County
135 • Cochise County
124 • Navajo County
105 • Pinal County
100 • Mohave County
60 • Yuma County
48 • Apache County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Arizona with the most markers we again find Tucson at the top of the list with 290 markers in or near it. It is followed by Florence in Pinal County with 59 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 85756 at the top of the list with 125 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 85756 is assigned to Tucson AZ including the Mission, TSN, and Tuscon delivery areas.) It is followed by ZIP Code 85701 with 91 markers. (85701 is assigned to Tucson AZ.)

Historical Markers Near These
Arizona Cities and Towns
290 • Tucson
59 • Florence
55 • Prescott
53 • Flagstaff
53 • Phoenix
52 • Yuma
39 • Glendale
39 • Grand Canyon National Park
39 • Sedona
36 • Mesa
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Pima County, the first marker added to the database from there, Quijotoa, was added April 10, 2008. in Sikul Himatk. The last one submitted was uploaded on April 19, 2022, and is titled Ajo Train Depot, in Ajo. The earliest marker erected in Pima County that we have listed was erected in 1908. It was The Grotto at San Xavier del Bac, found in Tucson on June 11, 2015.

Latest entry from Arizona. Click to go there
By James Hulse, November 2, 2021
Latest Entry from Arizona
“A City in Motion: The Heyday of the Santa Fe Railway”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Florence. The first: In Memory of Tom Mix, was added January 19, 2010. The last: Florence Town Hall / Police and Fire Department added on April 18, 2022. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1925: Chas. D. Poston, added on January 20, 2010.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

There is no organization in charge of erecting official historical markers state-wide in Arizona today but the Arizona Development Board was once responsible for erecting the familiar brass plaques in the shape of Arizona. We have 34 of their markers in the database.

In addition, E Clampus Vitus—not government affiliated—also erected numerous historical markers in Arizona, and we have 89 of their Arizona markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Arizona. Click to go there
By Mike Wintermantel, July 1, 2019
An Arizona Development Board Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Arizona have been marked with history. Check out Santa Cruz County, Graham County and Greenlee County. We've only found, respectively, 26, 16, and 9 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of Arizona might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Feb. 3, 2023