Wednesday, September 29, 2010

In Support of Arizona

Arizona Fun Facts
Date of Statehood: February 14, 1912 48th state

Nickname: The Grand Canyon State Arizona Landscapes
"The Apache and the Sitgreaves National Forests were administratively combined in 1974 and are now managed as one unit from the Forest Supervisor's Office in Springerville. The two million acre Forest encompasses magnificent mountain country in east-central Arizona along the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains."
"What makes this Forest so special? Its the water...lots of it...draining the high mountains and forming numerous lakes and streams...a fisherman's paradise in the arid Southwest."

The Apache-Sitgreaves has 34 lakes and reservoirs and more than 680 miles of rivers and streams - more than can be found in any other Southwestern National Forest. The White Mountains contain the headwaters of several Arizona rivers including the Black, the Little Colorado, and the San Francisco.

The Sitgreaves was named for Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves, a government topographical engineer who conducted the first scientific expedition across Arizona in the early 1850's.

The Apache National Forest is named after the tribes that settled in this area. To read more about these beautiful National Forests in Arizona, visit: The Apache and the Sitgreaves National Forests

Words by Margaret Rowe Clifford
Music by Maurice Blumenthal

Come to this land of sunshine
To this land where life is young
Where the wide, wide world is waiting,
The songs that will now be sung.
Where the golden sun is flaming
Into warm, white, shining day,
And the sons of men are blazing
Their priceless right of way.
Come stand beside the rivers
Within our valleys broad.
Stand here with heads uncovered,
In the presence of our God!
While all around, about us
The brave, unconquered band,
As guardians and landmarks
The giant mountains stand.
Not alone for gold and silver Is Arizona great
But with graves of heroes sleeping,
All the land is consecrate!
O, come and live beside us
However far ye roam
Come and help us build up temples
And name those temples "home".

Sing the song that's in your hearts
Sing of the great Southwest
Thank God, for Arizona
In splendid sunshine dressed
For thy beauty and thy grandeur
For thy regal robes so sheen
We hail thee Arizona
Our Goddess and our queen.

© 1915 by Margaret Rowe Clifford

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