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Veit Springs: A Home on the Mountain (access required)

An early resident in the Flagstaff area was German Ludwig Veit (pronounced Wait) who homesteaded at 8,500 feet on a slope of Mt. Agassiz, one of the peaks of San Francisco Mountain. He received a patent to the 160-acre parcel in 1891. Two springs and a relatively flat area to farm prompted Veit to select the unlikely spot where he and his family lived for two decades. Their nearest human neighbors were five miles away in Hart Prairie or Fort Valley, many of whom were also of German descent. The property then became a bird study area and later, the Lamar Haines Memorial Environmental Study Area.

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A Pueblo By Any Other Name (access required)

While on a horseback near Flagstaff’s Elden Mountain in the fall of 1916, Mary Russell-Ferrell Colton made an impressive discovery that would eventually lead to a years-long naming battle between colleagues.

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As climate warms, Arizona’s deserts, forests, cities face uncertain futures

A dwindling Saguaro National Park in the Sonoran Desert outside Tucson suffocated by an invasive grass. Baren prairies where pine forests once thrived near Flagstaff. The Colorado River run dry, leading to desalinated ocean water as drinking water for the state. These are just a few of the possibilities that experts offered for how Arizona’s forests, deserts and major metropolitan areas might look at the end of the century given generally accepted rates of global warming.

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