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Glendale Facts and Figures

Have you waited until the last minute? Is your research paper on Glendale's history due tomorrow? Here are a few facts and figures to help you get that A+ on your report:

Glendale was founded in 1892 by W.J. Murphy and incorporated in 1910.

W.J. Murphy completed construction of the Arizona Canal in 1885 and Grand Avenue in 1888.

How did Glendale get its name? While there are many versions of how Glendale got its name, historians are fairly sure that W.J. Murphy himself chose it; however, they do not know why he picked the name Glendale.

In 1901 and 1902 Sam Stout was Glendale's only Arizona Territorial Sheriff.

William Henry Bartlett, a wealthy grain broker from Illinois, was the original builder and owner of Historic Sahuaro Ranch in 1885.

The first library in Glendale was a Spanish-style building built in 1938. The picturesque building was bulldozed to make way for the current Velma Teague library erected in 1971.

Glendale's elevation is 1,150 feet.

Famous Folks from Glendale:

Marty Robbins wrote more than 500 songs, including most of his 14 number-one hits. He acted in about 10 movies and was the first country artist to ever win a Grammy. Robbins was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. A typical Glendale boy, Robbins spent his high school days hanging out in downtown Glendale. Even after becoming a country music legend, Robbins kept in touch with many of his Glendale friends.

Jordin Sparks of Glendale, Arizona was declared the winner of the 6th season of the reality television show American Idol on May 23, 2007. At 17, this makes her the youngest winner in American Idol history. Jordin has many supporters and fans in Glendale who braved the heat to attend weekly viewing parties at Westgate as well as her "Welcome Home" party and parade. Jordin Sparks was also the National Anthem singer at Super Bowl XLII, which took place here in Glendale, Arizona -- right in her very own hometown. Additionally, her very favorite team, the New York Giants (which is the former team of her retired football player father Phillippi Sparks), won the game 17-14, defeating the New England Patriots.

Historic Homes:

Historic Catlin Court is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1915, Otto R. Hansen, a capitalist from Wisconsin, subdivided 80 acres into residential lots and named the area "Catlin" after his wife's maiden name. The initial growth stage of this neighborhood lasted from 1917 to 1930 and featured the prominent architectural style of the time, the Craftsman Bungalow.

For further information on Historic Glendale, please contact the Glendale Arizona Historical Society at 623-435-0072 or visit one of the Glendale Public Libraries.

Arizona Facts and Figures

Arizona became the 48th state on February 14, 1912, which is how it received one of its nicknames the Valentine State. Its other nickname is the Grand Canyon State. It was also the last state to be admitted into the continental United States. The capital of Arizona is Phoenix. Arizona occupies 113,417 square miles and is the sixth largest state in area in the nation. It is bordered by Utah, Nevada, California, New Mexico, and Mexico.

Origin of Name: Arizona is derived from "Aleh-Zon" two Indian Words meaning "Little Spring"

About the Flag: The top half of the Arizona flag refers to the 13 original colonies of the United States and the western setting sun. The copper star in the center of the flag identifies Arizona as (back then) the largest copper producing state in the union. The blue and red colors in the lower half of the flag are the same shades as in the United States flag. The Blue of the lower half of the flag and the yellow of the western setting sun are the Arizona State colors. The red and yellow colors found in the rays are the colors flown by the Spanish Conquistedores led by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in his unsuccessful search for the Seven Cities of Cibola in 1540.

State Bird: Cactus Wren
State Flower: Saguaro Cactus Bloom
State Mammal: Ring-tail Cat
State Amphibian: Arizona Tree Frog
State Fish: Apache Trout
State Neckwear: Bola Tie
State Tree: Palo Verde
State Reptile: Ridge-nose Rattlesnake
State Song: "Arizona March Song" by Margaret Row Clifford. The alternate and more popular song is "I Love Arizona" by Rex Allen, Jr.
State Motto: "Ditat Deus" means God Enriches
State Colors: Blue and Gold
State Gemstone: Turquoise
State Fossil: Petrified Wood

Arizona Sports Teams

Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks - National Baseball League
Football: Arizona Cardinals - National Football League and Arizona Rattlers - Arena Football League
Basketball: Phoenix Suns - National Basketball Association and Phoenix Mercury - Women's National Basketball Association
Hockey: Arizona Coyotes - National Hockey League
Famous People Born in Arizona

Barry Goldwater: Former US Senator and Presidential Candidate
Linda Ronstadt: Singer
Andy Devine: Western TV and Movie Star
Rex Allen: Western TV and Movie Star and Singer
Ted DeGrazia: Artist
Barbara Eden: TV and Movie Star
Lynda Carter: TV and Movie Star

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