5 Things You Didn't Know About Phoenix, Arizona

On February 5, 1881, Phoenix, Arizona, was incorporated, following the town’s original settlement in 1867. Phoenix is both the capital of Arizona and its most populated city, with around 1.6 million inhabitants. Here are 5 surprising facts about the city known as the “Valley of the Sun.”

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Arizona Should Be Nicknamed The “Sunshine State” Florida is called the “Sunshine State” but it doesn’t come close to enjoying the amount of sunshine that Arizona does. The sun is shining in Yuma around 90 percent of the time, and Tucson and Phoenix are sunny about 85 percent of the time. None of the cities in Florida are even in the top 10 percent of the sunniest cities in the USA.

Your Right To Remain Silent Began There The “right to remain silent” is familiar to anyone who is a fan of TV crime shows. It stems from the 1966 ruling of the Miranda vs. Arizona case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Miranda warning prevents those who are placed under arrest from self-incrimination and informs them of their right to have an attorney.

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The First Fast-Food Drive-Thru Was Constructed in Arizona Soldiers stationed at Fort Huachuca in the early 1970s enjoyed heading to McDonald’s for their lunch, but they faced one problem: they were not allowed to get out of their vehicles if they were wearing fatigues. The nearby Sierra Vista McDonald’s on Fry Boulevard solved the problem in 1975 when they created the first drive-thru service in the nation. Billions have been lovin’ it ever since. 

Arizona is the Home of the London Bridge (Well, One of Them) In 1968, the famed London Bridge was dismantled and shipped to Arizona, where it was reassembled in Lake Havasu City. The resort town’s founder, Robert McCullough, thought it would make a great centerpiece for his new desert getaway, and made a $2.5 million winning bid. It wasn’t the original medieval bridge, but a later version constructed in 1831. 

Daylight Saving Time Isn’t Observed in Arizona In 1966, when the Uniform Time Act was passed, Arizona residents dutifully changed their clocks the same as everyone else in the continental United States. However, the people living in the state hated it and pushed their legislators to pass a bill exempting them from it. Within Arizona, only the Navajo Nation located in northeast Arizona still observes Daylight Saving Time. The only other state in the nation that doesn't observe Daylight Saving is Hawaii.