The Phoenix Lights

On March 13, 1997, the Phoenix Lights were seen over Phoenix, Arizona, by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. These were a series of widely sighted unidentified flying objects or UFOs observed in the skies over the U.S. states of Arizona, Nevada, and the Mexican state of Sonora on the same night. Lights of varying descriptions were seen by thousands of people between … Continue reading The Phoenix Lights

Happy Valentine’s Day 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day once again! This morning, there were “Day of Love” activities at my school and I have a special dinner planned this evening. Thus, I have decided to keep today’s article relatively brief, and largely photographic in nature. After all, there have been ASAD entries about this particular holiday in 2017 and 2018 as well as several articles on Philatelic Pursuits here and … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day 2019

What a Grand Canyon!

On January 11, 1908, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt declared the massive Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument, stating that “The ages had been at work on it, and man can only mar it,”  Roosevelt had first visited the Grand Canyon in 1903. An avid outdoorsman and staunch conservationist, Roosevelt established the Grand Canyon Game Preserve on November 28, 1906. Livestock grazing was reduced, … Continue reading What a Grand Canyon!

United States #1028 (1953)

Gadsden Purchase

The Gadsden Purchase (known in Mexico as Venta de La Mesilla, “Sale of La Mesilla”) is a 29,670-square-mile (76,800 km²) region of present-day southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico that the United States purchased via a treaty signed on December 30, 1853 by James Gadsden, American ambassador to Mexico at that time, The purchase included lands south of the Gila River and west of the Rio … Continue reading Gadsden Purchase