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Arizona // Phoenix, AZ // Southwest Region // Mountain Time
(The Grand Canyon State)
Mexican cession: February 2, 1848
Gadsden Purchase: December 30, 1853
Territory established by CSA: August 1, 1861
Territory organized: February 14, 1862
Statehood granted: February 14, 1912 // 48th state
[View map of US territorial acquisitions]
Mesilla Government of Arizona territory
joined the Confederacy on February 14, 1862.

#4277 // June 14, 2008
(self-adhesive coil definitive)
Flags of Our Nation Series
Arizona State Flag
and Saguaro cacti
#1955 // April 14, 1982
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
State Bird & Flower of
Cactus Wren
brunneicapillus) and
Saguaro Cactus Blossom
#1680 // February 23, 1976
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
American Bicentennial Series
Arizona State Flag

#1028 // November 20, 1953 // Tucson, AZ
Centenary of James Gadsden's
(American diplomat, * 1788, † 1858)

purchase of territory from Mexico
to adjust the US-Mexico boundary
(Southern part of Arizona)

map showing location of territory,
ox-drawn covered Conestoga wagon,
group of pioneers and Saguaro cacti
#1192 // February 14, 1962 // Phoenix, AZ
50th Anniversary of
Arizona Statehood

Giant Saguaro Cactus
(Carnegiea gigantea),
view of the Sonora Desert at night

#1443 // October 29, 1971 // San Diego, CA
(ex block of four different stamps)
Historic Preservation Issue

Mission San Xavier del Bac
"White Dove of the Desert"
Historic Spanish Catholic mission, founded in 1692 by Jesuit Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino, the present building was constructed from 1783-1797. The pilgrimage site is located about 10 mi [16 km] south of downtown Tucson, AZ, on the Tohono O'odham (Papago) San Xavier Indian Reservation.

#774 // September 30, 1935 // Boulder City, NV
Dedication of Boulder Dam
National Historic Landmark
#4269 // June 6, 2008 // McLean, VA
Express Mail® Stamp with "USPS" microprint,
pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) gum

Painting of the Hoover Dam
(originally named "Boulder Dam")
The Hoover Dam, a National Historic landmark and major tourist attraction, is located in the Black Canyon of the Colorada River on the state border between Arizona and Nevada. The both commemorative stamps (above) show a viewpoint looking upstream the Colorada River with Clark County, NV, on the left side of the stamps and Mohave County, AZ, on the right. The water reservoir created by the Hoover Dam is Lake Mead.
The concrete arch-gravity dam was constructed in Art Déco architectural style between 1931/1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by Franklin D. Roosevelt (* 1882, † 1945), 32nd US President (in Office 1933 - 1945).
Before a joint resolution of US Congress in 1947 officially named the dam in honor of Herbert Hoover (* 1874, † 1964), 31th US President (in Office 1929 - 1933), the dam was commonly known as Boulder Dam, named after nearby Boulder City, NV, which was originally built in 1931 as federal company town by the Bureau of Reclamation and Six Companies, Inc. as housing area for workers contracted to build the dam on the Colorado River.
Heavily travelled US Route 93 ran along the dam's crest until October 19, 2010, when the Hoover Dam Bypass (Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge) was opened to traffic.

#4627 // February 14, 2012 // Phoenix, AZ
100th Anniversary of
Arizona Statehood

Cathedral Rock,
sandstone rock formation of Sedona, AZ

#3563 // April 4, 2002
(ex pane of 50 stamps, one for each state)
Greetings from Arizona

Illustration of contemporary postcard
in the style of the 1930s/1940s

View Arizona state quarter
View Arizona state map
View Arizona clock

The origin of the name Arizona is uncertain. Perhaps the source is a word from
the language of the Tohono O'odham Indian tribe meaning "little spring".
Land Area
rounded mi2 [km2]
113,635 [294.313]
ranked 6th
(census 2010)
ranked 16th
Population Density
per mi2 [km2] of land area
56 [22]
ranked 35th
The State of Arizona has 15 counties.
Arizona shares in the south a 389-mile-long (626 km)
international border with the Mexican state of Sonora.
Historic Route 66 leads 401 miles (645 km) through Arizona.

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Stamped Cards 

#UX127 // January 13, 1989 // Tucson, AZ
Stamped Postal Card
America the Beautiful Series

Red-tailed Hawk and Sonora Desert
with Giant Saguaro Cacti at Sunset
#UX176 // August 11, 1994 // Chinle, AZ
Stamped Postal Card
Canyon de Chelly
National Monument

Canyon de Chelly National Monument
was established on April 1, 1931.
It is located in northeastern Arizona
and owned by the Navajo Indian Nation.

The name "chell(e)y" derives from the
Navajo Indian word "tséyi?",
which means "inside the rock".


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