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October 19, 2022

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October 19, 2022 23 The Desert Survivor If trees could talk... Would they paint a portrait of Arizona's climate, inhabitants and events? Would they be an impartial witness and tell it like they saw it? Arizona's rich history has been wit- nessed by many, but none so endur- ing as these living specimens. Some planted by pioneers for specifi c pur- poses, some happened upon and used throughout the years for what we Arizonans needed at various times throughout statehood. They are a living legacy enjoyed and uti- lized by Arizona's inhabitants and now honored for their service. These Witness Trees were dedi- cated as part of Arizona's Centen- nial, verifi ed to have witnessed Ari- zona's statehood form February 14, 1912, to February 14, 2012. This ironwood tree resides in the town of Quartzsite. It is in remark- able condition for its age - 1,050 years old, as determined by the La Paz County University of Arizona Extension offi ce- probably due to its location close to a wash. It is view- able by a trail outside of the Town Hall, north of the water tank. It has witnessed the ages from the same location and recently in its his- tory has become accustomed to the yearly winter population boom of Quartzsite, located along Interstate 10 next to the Arizona/California border. Ironwoods are known for their dense timber, as limbs from these trees do not fl oat. Quartzsite's Centennial Tree ������ | S������ RAIN G�����-B���

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