On this day, President Bush signed the Arizona Desert Wilderness Act of 1990 into law, which established 38 new wilderness areas and expanded the Aravaipa Canyon wilderness. The bill also established the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area featured here.
The 23,000-acre Gila Box Riparian NCA is truly an oasis in the desert. It has four perennial waterways - the Gila and San Francisco rivers and Bonita and Eagle creeks, which are the lifeline for this remarkable place. The Gila River canyon section, known as the Gila Box, is composed of patchy mesquite woodlands, mature cottonwoods, sandy beaches, and buff-colored cliffs. Bonita Creek, popular for birdwatching, hiking, and picnicking, is lined with large cottonwoods, sycamores, and willows. The perennial creek and riparian vegetation make this a cool year-round desert oasis.
Cliff dwellings, historic homesteads, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and over 200 species of birds make this year-round watery desert refuge worth the short drive from Safford, Arizona.
It was at noon on this day in history, 10 April 1912, that RMS Titanic departed Southampton, England, on her maiden voyage. The ship’s whistle blew 3 times to mark the start of the journey. Her next destinations were Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown, Ireland, to pick up further passengers before turning to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
They say that “Virginia is for lovers.” But it’s Oregon that was born 156 years ago today, on Valentine’s Day. Maybe that’s why there are so many things to love about BLM-managed lands in Oregon, more than 15 million acres of forests, rangelands, beaches, mountains and more!
In the February 18, 1961 issue of the Saturday Evening Post, James M. Stewart ‘32 wrote of his time at Princeton, “In the end I was graduated in architecture with honors. I even won a scholarship, pointing toward a master’s degree in architecture if I wanted to accept. But my first Triangle show led me to another career.” We think it worked out well for him.
Stewart is pictured here charming cross-dressing classmate H. H. Dunham '32 in the Triangle Club’s 1930 production of The Tiger Smiles.