By Eric Zott

  • Bisbee, Ariz. (Source: 3TV/ CBS 5)

    What's in a name: Bisbee, 'Queen of the copper camps'

    Precious metal mining was one of the main reasons the rough aired western lands of this United States became settled and like many Arizona townsites, Bisbee seemed to grow from the minerals in the Mule mountains.

  • The remains of Camp Reno are located in the Tonto Basin. 14 October 2014 (Source: Eric Zotcavage)

    What's in a name: Camp Reno

    What's left of Camp Reno  The remains of Camp Reno are located about 50 miles north of Phoenix at the base of Mount Ord on the eastern slope of the Mazatzal Mountains. 

  • The city of Show Low sign welcomes visitors. 5 Nov. 2017 (Source: Show Low Chamber of Commerce)

    What's in a name: Show Low

    Show Low was named after a marathon poker game played between two early settlers. They decided there wasn’t enough room for both of them in the community and agreed to let a game of cards decide who was to get the 100,000 acre ranch and who was to move on. 

  • Castle Hot Springs Resort in the Bradshaw mountains. (Source: Arizona State University)

    What's in a name: Castle Hot Springs

    Located about 55 miles northwest of Phoenix, Castle Hot Springs was Arizona’s first resort destination. During its 80 year run it attracted some of the nation’s most prominent citizens.

  • Gen. General Crook, Mogollon Rim. 8 Jan 2018 (Source: Crook-National Archives; Coconino Nat. Forest)

    What's in a name: General Crook's Trail

    General Crook's trail was established in order to provide military access to move troops through the remote wilderness between posts in the 1870s. Today, remnants of the old trail still provide access to remote wilderness, although these days the road is used for recreation rather than waging war. 

  • The ghost town of Vulture City. (Source: Eric Zotcavage)

    What's in a name: Vulture Mine

    The Vulture Mine, Vulture City, Wickenburg and Phoenix are bound together by line of events that unfolded over 150 years ago in the Arizona desert.  

  • SR88 is better known as, The Apache Trail. (Source: 3 TV/CBS 5)

    What's in a name: The Apache Trail

    Now the link between Apache Junction and Roosevelt Lake, the Apache Trail, also known as State Route 88, was once just a path used first by Native Americans to traverse the rugged range we know as the Superstition Mountains.

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    What's in a name: Tubac

    A short 45-minute drive south of Tucson on Interstate19  brings you to a spot that was once the most remote part of the Spanish Empire's New World on this continent.

  • Piestewa Peak hiking trailhead. (Source--3TV/CBS5)

    What's in a name: Piestewa Peak

    Standing tall at 2,610 feet, the second-highest mountain in the Phoenix Mountains bears the name of a woman who only knew that particular peak by a name that may have offended her. 

  • Fort Huachuca was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. (17 July 2017) [Source: City Sierra Vista]

    What's in a name: Fort Huachuca

    This time of year, monsoon storms make regular afternoon appearances in the southern part of the state. The Apaches named the mountains there Huachuca, which means "place of thunder."

  • Crown King General Store. (7 July 2017) [Source: E. Zotcavage]

    Destination Arizona: Crown King

    Phoenicians have always looked to the higher, cooler elevations around the state to escape to during our hot summers here in the lower desert elevations.  The town of Crown King, located in the Bradshaw mountains northwest of Phoenix, is a popular spot.