How Did Arizona Become a State?

Arizona became a state through a series of historical events and political decisions.

Here’s an overview of the process:

  1. Early history: The region that is now Arizona was home to various Indigenous peoples, including the Hohokam, Mogollon, and Ancestral Puebloans, for thousands of years. In the 16th century, Spanish explorers, including Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, arrived in the area in search of the legendary Seven Cities of Gold.
  2. Spanish colonization: The region became part of the Spanish Empire in the late 1600s, with Spanish missionaries and soldiers establishing settlements and missions throughout the area. The present-day Arizona was part of the Spanish colonial province of Las Californias and later became part of the Mexican territory of Alta California.
  3. Mexican-American War: In 1846, the Mexican-American War broke out, and the United States eventually emerged victorious. As a result, Mexico ceded a large portion of its northern territories to the U.S., including present-day Arizona, under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848.
  4. Gadsden Purchase: In 1853, the United States acquired the remaining southern parts of present-day Arizona and New Mexico through the Gadsden Purchase. The purpose of this acquisition was to secure land for a southern transcontinental railroad route.
  5. Arizona Territory: The Arizona Territory was established on February 24, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln, separating it from the New Mexico Territory. The new territory initially included the western half of New Mexico, and the capital was first established at Fort Whipple (now Prescott) before being moved to Tucson and eventually settling in Phoenix.
  6. Statehood: As the population of the Arizona Territory grew, residents began to push for statehood. Several attempts were made to achieve statehood, but these efforts were often delayed by political disagreements and concerns about the territory’s population size and economic stability.

Finally, on February 14, 1912, President William Howard Taft signed the Arizona Statehood Act, making Arizona the 48th state to join the United States. The state’s constitution established a progressive government with initiatives like women’s suffrage and the recall of elected officials, reflecting the reformist spirit of the time.

In summary, Arizona’s journey to statehood was shaped by centuries of Indigenous history, Spanish colonization, the Mexican-American War, territorial organization, and a growing population that eventually led to its admission as the 48th state in the United States.

Backpage Phoenix, the Craigslist Alternative to Buying/Selling Online

Backpage Phoenix

UPDATED, April 2016 Backpage was Shut Down! – see bottom of article for update and we wouldn’t recommend using Backpage for anything any longer and stick to Craigslist!

If you are looking for another place online to target people in Phoenix, AZ to buy and sell online similar to Craigslist Phoenix you need to check out Backpage Phoenix.

In 2011, Backpage was the second largest classified ad listing service on the Internet in the United States after Craigslist.

Also, there are some really great categories on Backpage Phoenix they get a lot of traffic for vs. Craigslist like Guns, Pets, Autos, Jobs and Furniture.

Backpage use to be part of the Phoenix New Times but have developed independently again into their own site and entity and still get a ton of local Phoenix website traffic.

Most of their categories are free to use or post on but then they have some upgraded features if you want to post your businesses products or services.

This can be another great way for you to advertise your business, get a job, make money flipping items on Backpage or getting more exposure to anything you want to sell.

Also, it’s like an online flea market or garage sale of sorts where you can find rare items or services that are offered locally in the Phoenix, AZ metro market.

The one caveat to Backpage and many online classifieds sites is there are dating sections or in Backpage’s case a bad section but in 2017 they announced they are removing that section because of the scrutiny they received over the years.

Backpage vs. Craigslist

Backpage vs Craigslist in the US you can see is a bit far off however Backpage is still a top 500 website via an Amazon web stat company.

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Backpage Phoenix Guns

Another big advantage of Backpage is being able to buy and sell guns in which a state like Arizona is really big on especially with cool place to go shooting like Scottsdale Gun Club.

Arizona is a very gun law friendly state and is open carry so there are a lot of gun enthusiasts in Phoenix, AZ that can use Backpage for that purpose.

Backpage Small Business

One other huge advantage of Backpage if you are a small business and have a website with most categories you can upgrade your ads on Backpage and have your website linked from the ads which will help your local SEO or Search Engine Optimization of your website and help you rank a little better for the related local keywords and content for your website.

The caveat there is it’s still only one link to your website but it’s still a powerful one and can definitely help you with your digital marketing efforts locally.

Backpage Phoenix Pets

Lastly another stand out category is pets. In today’s digital world their really are only a few places to find pets locally online. It’s craigslist and backpage. Yes, there are national pet sites and you can go to your local shelters or the Arizona Humane Society.

However, the days of using the newspaper have become the days of using online classifieds sites to sell and buys pets whether you are a looking for or want to sell dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, snakes or any other legal pet.

Backpage Phoenix is a great alternative or combo site to use with Craigslist in many ways when using the sites as a locally focused online marketplace of sorts in Phoenix Arizona and other local cities like Tucson and Prescott.

Backpage Shut Down

As of April,6th 2018 if you go to you get this shut down notice.

Learn More here at AZCentral

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Find Out the Average Scottsdale Weather Temps Per Month to Plan Your Next Vacation

Everything You Need to Know About Scottsdale Weather Year Round

Planning a business trip, getaway, staycation, or vacation in Scottsdale, AZ and want to know what the Scottsdale Weather will be like?

We broke out the Scottsdale Weather per month and the Average Temperatures to expect each month in Scottsdale, AZ.

Scottsdale averages a High of 69 degrees fahrenheit and has an average Low of 39 degrees fahrenheit. Also, the average monthly precipitation or rainfall is about 1.1 inches of rain.

Check out this really cool weather station if you really want to monitor weather in Scottsdale or in your area.

February Months

Scottsdale averages a High of 73 degrees fahrenheit and a low of 42 degrees fahrenheit. Also, the average monthly precipitation or rainfall is about 1.2 inches of rain.

March Months

Scottsdale averages a High of 78 degrees fahrenheit and a low average of 46 degrees fahrenheit. And like January the average monthly rainfall in Scottsdale in March is about 1.1 inches.

April Months

Scottsdale weather averages about a High of 86 degrees fahrenheit and a low average of 52 degrees fahrenheit. And in April there is 0.3 inches of rainfall.

May Months

The weather in Scottsdale, AZ averages about a High of 95 degrees fahrenheit and a low average of 60 degrees fahrenheit. And in May they there is 0.1 inches of rainfall.

June Months

The weather in Scottsdale, AZ averages about a High of 103 degrees fahrenheit and a low average of 68 degrees fahrenheit. As you can see this is where Scottsdale, AZ really heats up consistently with over 100 degree weather and it it barely rains at all with an average of 0.0 rainfall in June months.

July Months

In July, Scottsdale AZ weather averages about a High of 105 degrees and 75 degrees is the average low. Also, like January and March the average rainfall is 1.1 inches and its a start to the “monsoon” season.

August Months

Scottsdale AZ averages about 103 degrees fahrenheit as the High and 75 degrees is the average low. Also, this is the month with the most rainfall averaging about 1.4 inches in August and the main month of monsoon season.

September Months

Scottsdale weather in September averages about 100 degrees for the high and 68 degrees for the low. The average rainfall in September is 0.7 inches and is usually the last month of consistent 100 degree weather and monsoon season.

October Months

Scottsdale averages about 89 degrees fahrenheit as the high and 56 degrees fahrenheit of the low. The average rainfall in October in Scottsdale, AZ is 0.6

November Months

Scottsdale averages a high of 78 degrees fahrenheit and 45 degrees fahrenheit on average is the lows in November. The average rainfall is 0.7 inches of rain.

December Months

Scottsdale weather averages a high of 68 degrees and a low of 38 degrees fahrenheit. The average rainfall is 1.1 inches in December in Scottsdale, AZ

Other Significant facts about Scottsdale Weather

July is on average the warmest month of Scottsdale, AZ and December is the coolest month of the year in Scottsdale, AZ

Michael Floyd Gets DUI in Scottsdale, Dropped by Arizona Cardinals, and Picked up by Patriots

Michael Floyd, former Notre Dame Wide Receiver (where he also had alcohol and DUI issues) and a star first round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals recently got a DUI in Scottsdale, Arizona after losing on the road to the Miami Dolphins where that sealed their fate at that playoffs and hopes for a 2017 Super Bowl. A police officer was behind him at a light on Camelback and Goldwater and found Michael Floyd asleep at the wheel with his foot on the brake.

After getting his DUI in Scottsdale, AZ, Bruce Arians had a press conference and shortly after the Arizona Cardinals got rid of Michael Floyd with Michael Bidwill saying he had no remorse and didn’t like how he handled it.

With Michael Floyd in his 4th year and close to a break out will the Arizona Cardinals regret their decision down the line with the New England Patriots picking him off waivers?

Michael Floyd really hasn’t been great so far but we have a feeling this was due to the system and horrible Quarterback situation the Arizona Cardinals have with Carson Palmer who has been an interception machine as of late and with a predictable offense going to David Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald every down.

Also, next year might a be a great year to pick up Michael Floyd in Fantasy Football because with a quarterback like Tom Brady and genius coaching staff at the New England Patriots who seem to pick up players that get in trouble at the right time (LeGarrette Blount) it could be a break out year for Michael Floyd.

With Michael getting let go like this, and still being young since Floyd’s age being 27 (was born November, 27th, 1989) we feel like Michael Floyd’s stats are about to blow up next year if not this year when New England Patriots make another Super Bowl run.

I have a funny feeling this set back for Micheal Floyd is going to turn into a wake up call and opportunity for his career and help the New England Patriots.

UPDATE: Here is the Footage of Michael Floyd’s DUI Arrest in Scottsdale and the video shot from the body camera from one of the arresting Scottsdale Police officers

Update: December 21st, 2016..

Frankie Muniz Lists Biltmore Area Secret Home for $3.5 Million!!

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“Malcolm in the Middle” star Frankie Muniz is selling his 1930s-era mansion in Phoenix, according to the Phoenix Business Journal. The four-bedroom estate is on the market for $3.5 million.

The posh property, known as Il Segreto (“The Secret”), features luxe landscaping and water features that’ll make you forget that you’re in the middle of the desert.

If you’re looking for a tranquil getaway in the desert—and aren’t  afraid of the water bill that likely comes with maintaining a property like this—you should investigate this stunning home.

As for Muniz, he previously bought and sold a more modern mansion in the area a few years ago, and now the actor-turned-race car driver looks like he’s ready for another change of pace.

The architecture of Il Segreto is bungalow-inspired, even if it’s actually far larger than a typical bungalow. The original and restored finishes blend seamlessly together to create a unified aesthetic. The best example of this is in the kitchen, which combines modern appliances with quaint touches like a wrought-iron chandelier, a rustic island, and a tile backsplash.

However, Il Segreto’s true charm lies outside. The property features fountains, pools, and gorgeous gardens. To take advantage of the garden views, the home features floor-to-ceiling windows in the main house and guest houses on the property.

Outside there’s also a bocce court, fireplace, and kitchen and dining area.

Perhaps the home’s real secret is how it maintains its lush elegance in the middle of the desert. We’ll never tell.

Craigslist Phoenix #1 Most Visited Site in Arizona

According to Amazon’s company Craigslist Phoenix is the #1 most visited website in the state of Arizona just edging out AZ Central. Alexa no longer shows Craigslist Phoenix rankings as of Sept 2020 you can read about why they stopped showing that here. We tracked this for years and Craigslist was always in the top 5 and usually #1 site most visited in Arizona.

If you think about that for a second it’s actually pretty amazing that a site that has never changed their web design and is a simple basic list started by Craig Newmark out of San Francisco is really visited and trafficked that much.

Craig Newmark started Craigslist by just sharing a list of items for sale with a small email list of friends and turned it into an online classifieds beast really taking out the classifieds newspaper business city by city. They did this before Social media even existed and never had to worry about implementing social media accounts. They don’t have a sales team member selling listings and they started making money selling job ads or at least charging for them and help job seekers with job alert. Trucking companies as an example will post employer bids for when they hiring experienced CDL offering a competitive compensation. Craigslist offers free sections to post for example restaurant equipment, room openings, skilled trade services. Also, we have seen property management companies post their rentals to achieve occupancy and resident retention.

Craigslist really keeps their first staff members as the only team members listed on their About Us page which is Jim the CEO, and Craig the founder.

They have a community or community’s marketing them by word of mouth and having great Google search engine optimization or Phoenix SEO. People will actually search “craigslist + the city they are in” to get to the site. For example, “Craigslist Phoenix” is searched well over half a million times a month on Google.

On Craigslist in Phoenix as in many cities every post is free other than the job listings and people can use it to connect with the Phoenix, AZ communities and the cities within it by learning about job openings, items for sale, events, gigs and more.

It’s also very powerful for people or businesses wanting to sell their products, items, or services. We know of skilled licensed contractors that post their service in the relevant categories that get them an extra 20-30 calls or leads per month conservatively.

Craigslist also has the Craigslist app and the Craigslist app which is new is always in the top 20 to 50 for “shopping” on the Apple app store. Here is more information about the Craigslist app from SimilarWeb that tracks the craigslist app and other apps and website rankings.

There is a FREE resume search as well under the Phoenix Craigslist job posting categories where you can search for people available to fill any of you local jobs.

Another great category of Craigslist Phoenix is the office / commercial category. This is where you can post an office space you have for rent or find office space in Phoenix that meets your needs without needing to work with a commercial broker. You can contact the person or company posting the office space directly and sort by map location or search parameters you choose.

Lastly, there are forums for different interests and personal for dating in Arizona. And if you are in Tucson, Prescott, Flagstaff or other outskirt areas of Phoenix, you can sort by your closer local Craigslist. Like Craigslist Tucson or Craigslist Prescott as examples.

If you want to learn more about Craigslist and it’s founder this a great book to check out and learn how they grew their site.



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