With Arizona celebrating its 107th birthday this month, we present to you a bit of a western theme for our February issue. As a student in the Scottsdale Unified School District in the 1980s, I remember a time when we were released early from school to attend the rodeo during the western week that culminated with the Parada del Sol on Saturday. Herb Drinkwater was Scottsdale’s mayor then and it was well known that we were attending school in the West’s Most Western Town.

We didn’t come across many photos of Herb at the parade while researching artwork for our Parada del Sol story. However, we did find a shot of the Cavalliere Blacksmith float from the 1960s (page 34). The Cavalliere family has run their Blacksmith Shop in Old Town since 1909 – three years before Arizona even reached statehood. Passing the business down from generation to generation, they are still located in their original adobe building.

This issue has a lot of great ideas for things to do this month (e.g., the Parada on February 9). One notable item is the Barry Goldwater: Arizona Highways Collection photo exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of the West. The famous Arizona politician was also a prolific photographer who left behind more than 15,000 photos. He once proclaimed that his photo books are his “last will and testament to my love for my native state.”

Also, don’t miss our story about the El Chorro Lodge. Find out why this historic watering hole is famous for more than just its sticky buns.

Until next month, thank you for reading the Arcadia News!

— Greg A. Bruns, Publisher