2012 45¢ Arizona Statehood Centennial
Issue Date: February 14, 2012
City: Phoenix, AZ
Printed By: Avery Dennison
Printing Method: Photogravure
Arizona is the only place where visitors can see the original London Bridge, marvel at one of the tallest fountains ever built, look through the world’s largest solar telescope, and stand in four states at once. In 1912, this former U.S. territory became the last of the 48 adjoining states.
Modern Arizona reflects its storied history. Centuries ago, the Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona. Spanish explorers found native Americans here during the 1500s, while Mormon settlers joined miners and cotton farmers when they arrived in the mid-19th century. Castilian and Burgundian flags of Spain have flown over Arizona’s sprawling desert landscape, along with the Mexican, Confederate, and U.S. flags.
Farming and mining fueled Arizona’s economy until the Great Depression. A thriving tourism industry developed, allowing visitors to experience what remained of life in the “Old West.” The introduction of air conditioning after World War II provided a population boom during the late 1940s, enticing corporations and retirees from across the nation to the region. Yet evidence of Arizona’s plain-spoken, no-nonsense pioneer spirit remains – it is the only state where drivers can violate a statute named the “Stupid Motorist Law.”