MAP: What's in name? The stories behind Arizona's towns and cities

(Sources: Radomír Režný (background) and Rainer Lesniewski (map) via 123RF) (Sources: Radomír Režný (background) and Rainer Lesniewski (map) via 123RF)

Ever wondered the stories behind places such as Vulture Mine, Crown King and the Apache Trail?

This special azfamily.com section takes a look at how well-known places in Arizona got their names

Click here for the "What's in a name?" stories.

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

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

    Sunday, April 1 2018 4:42 PM EDT2018-04-01 20:42:07 GMT
    Bisbee, Ariz. (Source: 3TV/ CBS 5)Bisbee, Ariz. (Source: 3TV/ CBS 5)

    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.

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  • What's in a name: Camp Reno

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    Saturday, February 17 2018 12:58 AM EST2018-02-17 05:58:30 GMT
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    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. 

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    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. 

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  • What's in a name: Show Low

    What's in a name: Show Low

    Monday, January 29 2018 10:41 PM EST2018-01-30 03:41:03 GMT
    The city of Show Low sign welcomes visitors. 5 Nov. 2017 (Source: Show Low Chamber of Commerce)The city of Show Low sign welcomes visitors. 5 Nov. 2017 (Source: Show Low Chamber of Commerce)

    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. 

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    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. 

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