Some Perspective: When We Were a Territory
On February 14, 1912, Arizona became a state.
That's not that long ago.
My grandfather came to Arizona when it was still a territory. He jumped a freight train to get here, picked cotton, sold vegetables from a cart, delivered mail and later, shortly before statehood, started farming.
The place is still, in various respects, a frontier state but we've come a long way from the days when people slept outdoors at night to beat the summer heat and the local irrigation canals doubled as swimming holes.
What a difference a mere century makes.