About Arizona for Kids

Fast Facts

Facts about Arizona
These are facts about Arizona from the Governor’s Kids’ Page.
Learn about Arizona
This Arizona Office of Tourism site provides general, tourism and recreation information about Arizona.
Quick Facts: Arizona
This U.S. Government Printing Office site for kids has some facts about Arizona.
State Facts for Students: Arizona
This U.S. Census Bureau site has population statistics and other Arizona information.

Maps

Arizona Geographic Alliance
The Arizona Geographic Alliance has put together a number of maps showing Arizona’s cities, population growth, topography, etc. which can be viewed at this site.
Arizona State Parks
This interactive map will take you on a tour of Arizona’s state parks.
Arizona’s Counties
This interactive map has links to the web sites of Arizona’s counties.
U.S. Census Bureau
This is a map of Arizona’s counties with links to U.S. Census data and other information about each county.

Flag & Symbols

Arizona State Flag Story
This brief history of the Arizona State Flag is from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.
Arizona State Symbols
The Secretary of State’s “SOS for Kids” site has pictures and information about Arizona’s symbols.

Meaning
of Arizona

Meaning of Arizona
This is information about the meaning and derivation of the place name Arizona.

Capital

The traveling territorial capital” by Terry Munderloh was published on the Sharlot Hall Museum’s site.

Governors

Governor’s Mansion
This is a Sharlot Hall Museum web exhibit on the home of the first two governors of the Territory of Arizona. Arizona does not have a governor’s mansion now.
Arizona’s Governors
These are pictures of the Governors of Arizona since statehood from the Governor’s Kids’ Page. See also: National Governors’ Association: Arizona Governors

History

Arizona
This is a link to Arizona’s page from America’s Story:  Explore the States from the Library of Congress and it gives a brief introduction to the state.
Arizona History
Arizona Story and timeline comes from the Governor’s Kids’ Page.
Documents Leading to Statehood
This is a compilation of documents which relate to Arizona becoming a state.  They culminate in Arizona’s first state constitution.
Territory of Arizona
This American Memory site from the Library of Congress notes the establishment of the Territory on February 24, 1863.
USS Arizona
The USS Arizona was a battleship that was sunk at Pearl Harbor which brought the United States into World War II.

Indians / Native Americans

Annie Dodge Wauneka
This National Women’s Hall of Fame site gives a brief biography of the first Native American to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Dr. Carlos Montezuma (1865-1923)
This National Library of Medicine page includes a brief biography of the man traditionally known as the first American Indian doctor.
Geronimo
This portrait and and other information is from the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site web site.   See also:   An 1887 photograph of Geronimo (Goyathlay) by Ben Wittick from the National Archives’ collection.
Navajo Code Talkers
During World War II, Navajo Marines developed a secret code based on the Navajo language which was used in the war in the Pacific and which was never broken.  “Semper Fidelis, Code Talkers” by Adam Jevec (Prologue Magazine. Vol. 33, No. 4) is an article about the group.
Lori Piestewa
Army Spc. Lori Piestewa, an Arizona native, is believed to be the first Native American service woman killed in combat in a foreign war.

Some
Famous Arizonans

Cesar Chavez
An Arizona native, Cesar Estrada Chavez established the National Farm Workers Association which became the United Farm Workers Union.
Barry Goldwater
Born in Phoenix when Arizona was still a territory, Barry Goldwater served in the United States Senate and ran for the Office of President of the United States in 1964.
Sandra Day O’Connor
Sandra Day O’Connor, who grew up on the Lazy B Ranch near Duncan in southeastern Arizona, was the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court.   See also:   H. Res. 357 (pdf)
Kerri Strug
The Olympic gold medal winning gymnast is from Tucson, AZ.
Stewart Udall
An Arizona native, Congressman Udall served in the U.S. House of Representatives and as Secretary of the Interior under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

Population

Quick Facts:  Arizona
This U.S. Census Bureau site gives a brief overview of the current population of Arizona.
Population Density of Arizona’s Counties
These maps (pdf) were developed for the Arizona Geographic Alliance and show the density of the population of Arizona’s counties from 1910 – 2005.
U.S. Census Bureau
This is a map of Arizona’s counties with links to U.S. Census data and other information about each county.

5 C’s

Arizona-Where We Came From
This is the late Congressman Morris K. Udall’s report on the 5 C’s which made up Arizona’s economy.
Copper: The Star of Arizona
This Arizona Mining Association site discusses the uses and importance of copper.

Cactus

Cactus Garden
This is an introduction to some of the cacti at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
This is a National Park Service site with information about the Organ Pipe cactus.
Saguaro National Park
This is a National Park Service site with information about the Saguaro cactus.

Wildlife

Butterflies and Moths of Arizona
This is from the “Butterflies and Moths of North America” site which includes a searchable database of butterfly and moth records in the United States and Mexico and is maintained by the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University and the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Mountain Prairie Information Node.  The Two-tailed Swallowtail is Arizona’s official state butterfly (A.R.S. § 41-860).
Wildlife Photo Gallery
These are selected photographs from the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Wonders

Grand Canyon, Arizona
This is from Northern Arizona University’s Land Use History of North America: Colorado Plateau.
Maps of Grand Canyon National Park
This links to maps from the collections of the Library of Congress.
Geology of the Grand Canyon
This information is from a PBS/The American Experience episode.
Meteor Crater
This is information about the Meteor Crater from the Jet Propulsion Lab’s Near-Earth Object Program.
Barringer Meteor Crater
This is information about the Meteor Crater from NASA’s Visible Earth program.
Petrified Forest
This is National Park Service information about the park.  Petrified wood is the State Fossil of Arizona (A.R.S. § 41-853)
Wonders of Arizona
This is an introduction to some of the natural and other wonders in Arizona from the Governor’s Kids’ Page.