The rich uncle . . .
Uncle Sam owns one-half of Arizona's land: The Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, seven national forests, and 20 national monuments, recreation areas and historical sites. Another one-quarter of the land is held in trust by the government as Indian Reservations and military facilities. What's left for Arizona? An area the size of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island combined.
Name Origin: Indian. ("Little Spring")
Area: 114,000 square miles
Statehood: Valentine's Day 1912 (48th)
Nickname: Grand Canyon State
Motto: "God enriches"
Famous For: Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Copper Mines, Gila Monster, Lake Mead (largest manmade lake in the world), Tombstone (Wyatt Earp's fight at the OK Corral), Cliff Dwellings