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  • Paperback: 503 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press (February 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816510741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816510740
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A somewhat eclectic, but unfailingly delightful, compilation of facts, folklore, humor, and personal opinion that has achieved the status of southwestern classic. . . . Fifty years after its first publication, it still ranks among the most important books published on the state." —Journal of Arizona History "This paperback reissue of the original edition (1935) with a new foreward by Bernard L. Fontana will take another generation of readers on a delightful and exciting trip around Arizona stopping at such places as Wickyty-Wizz Canyon, Total Wreck, Christmas, Skull Valley, Freezeout Creek and Poker Mountain. Barnes' work remains an important contribution to Arizona history and literature. The enthusiasm of this pioneer soldier, rancher, and state legislator for his adopted state is contagious, as the new reader will soon discover." —Books of the Southwest "Later editions have adopted the title and format, but the original Barnes has never been surpassed. 'Place Names' is a modest description, for the listings unleash a flow of history, folklore, geography, and etymology. And yes, even humor and romance. . . . If there is one indispensable Arizona book, Barnes's Arizona Place Names is it. Every man, woman, and child who sets foot in the Grand Canyon State should have this book at hand" —Arizona Highways "Better buy a couple of copies, one for the car and one for whatever room you do your reading in." —Arizona Daily Star

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If Arizona history interests you get this book.
S. B Krueger
I decided to buy another book and give it as a Christmas gift this year.
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He was so thrilled with the book and its contents.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
Ten years ago, someone at the University of Arizona Press decided to reissue this book and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate that person. Even though the book hasn't been updated since the mid 1930's, the text is of extreme value to the historian, researcher and casual reader as is. By reissuing the book the University performed a valuable public service.
With high hopes and expectations, I purchased this book with the intention of doing research on place names along the Santa Fe Railroad in Arizona. I am pleased to report that Arizona Place Names was the most valuable reference in assisting me with that project. But, for me, there was a bonus. The book also served to reacquaint me with the Arizona of my youth as I was born and raised in Yavapai County and often traveled with my parents around the state. It has rekindled interest in my roots, far exceeded my hopes and expectations and brought me back to better times in my life.
The author's style is more like a mentor and friend. There were times that I felt I was riding with him on horseback discussing the name origin of a nearby spring or butte. Factual and accurate, his style shows that he loved what he was doing. The text is short, to the point, and can be read by the casual reader who would like to sit back in the rocking chair or recliner and escape to Arizona.
What more can I say except if you have any interest in Arizona, this book has to be the cornerstone of your libary. Once you pick it up, it's hard to put down. Five stars -- and then some....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Schmitt on March 11, 2006
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I ordered this book trying to replace my aging copy of Byrd H. Granger's "Arizona's Names - X Marks the Place" (ISBN 0918080185 Falconer Publishing, Tucson). I have to admit, after not seeing other books about Arizona place names (and there are a few) I have to say this book can never replace Granger's edition. Not like I hated the book, it's just the Granger book is far superior (and very hard to find) and loaded with a lot more information. The Granger book is 824 pages where this one is only 503. It is nice the book is reprinted and will not be forgotten, but if you can find the Granger book, get it instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. B Krueger on March 22, 2003
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Fantastic review of the origins of all the place names in Arizona. Detailed, but with anecdotes from history to give life to the state. Great maps make finding everything easy. This books must have taken years to compile. If Arizona history interests you get this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John VINE VOICE on September 18, 2000
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Arizona has a lot of places with strange or unusual names. Before I can across this book I often wondered where these names came from. If you're interested in Arizona, it's history, or trivia about the state you'll ejoy perusing through the pages of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Smith on September 30, 2005
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This book is the Bible of Arizona place names. You want to know why a town's named what it is? Look it up in here.

The book is conveniently organized by county, so if you want you can sit down and read about every place name in your home county, just like that. And, if you don't know what county a place is in, the book also has a well-constructed index.

The book's tone is professional yet friendly, and it's even illustrated by some pretty hip-looking block prints.

It's not complete by any means, but it's still just packed full of information.

If you live in Arizona, buy this book. If you like Arizona, buy this book. If you write about Arizona, definitely, definitely buy this book. It's a keeper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Curtis on July 12, 2007
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I ordered this book for my husband who loves to share bits of Arizona lore with all of our visitors and friends. Funny thing! I could not put it down when it arrived. It certainly is not a fully complete work, but there are so many interesting facts at one's fingertips, that it is a wonderful addition to our growing library of all-things Arizona.
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An outstanding book that I give away to friends each X-Mass. I tell them to carry it in their vehicles. The quality of a "Used' book was outstanding and he delivery time and price was unbeatable. thank You.
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