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Arizona Place Names Paperback – February 1, 1988
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"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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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....
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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Very good book for information on places around the state of Arizona and there are very interesting things said about the different places of Arizona from the very beginning of the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carolyn Stacey
Any writer and historian will agree, Will Barnes' "Arizona Place Names" is an invaluable resource and reference for the Arizona researcher.Published 13 months ago by Charles Lewis
An outstanding book that I give away to friends each X-Mass. I tell them to carry it in their vehicles. Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Raymond E. Hunniford, Jr.
Beautiful book. I have a collection of books on AZ and I have a 1973 copy of Arizona Place Names. I wanted the updated volume and it arrived in perfect condition only a few days... Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by mary ann gove
This book really helps to put together stories of Arizona and how places were named. Most places were named after someone who lived there which helps trace early settlement area's... Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by P.M.