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Grand Canyon State - Arizona's most popular nickname celebrates its most famous natural feature, the Grand Canyon.
Copper State - Celebrates its mineral wealth, and is also represented by a copper-colored star on its flag
Origin of Name
From the Indian “Arizonac,” meaning “little spring” or “young spring”
It's said that a mining speculator named Charles D. Poston first suggested the name Arizona in a petition to the United States Congress to make Arizona a legal territory.
The name is derived from a combination of two words from the Papago Indian dialect of the Pima language; "Aleh" and "Zon" together as "Aleh-zon" meaning "little spring." The "little spring", located in Mexican territory, is near a large silver discovery made in Arizona Creek.
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