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Visiting the Arizona Capitol Museum in Chandler

From its days as a territory to what’s going on right now, Arizona has an exciting story to tell. That’s the goal of the Arizona Capitol Museum in Chandler.

Known as Arizona’s Museum, it has been located since 1977 in the renovated Capitol building, constructed in 1901. So it’s a history museum housed in a historic building, one that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

A State with a Past

First explored by a European in 1539, Arizona has a rich history. The Spanish founded Fort Tucson in 1775. The northern part of the state became part of the U.S. after the U.S.-Mexican war in 1848. The southern section was added with the Gadsden Purchase in 1853.

Arizona is an integral part of the Wild West, both in fact and in myth. The shootout at the OK Corral was in Tombstone, AZ. The great Indian chiefs Cochise and Geronimo lived and fought in this area. It has one of the largest populations of Native Americans in the country, more than 14 tribes.


The U.S.S. Arizona was sunk when Pearl Harbor was bombed, the event that triggered American entry into World War II. The ship’s silver service is on display on the first-floor area dedicated to the ship.

Across the hall is an exhibit that shows the Merci Train, an Arizona boxcar that was filled with gifts from the French, expressing their thanks for American help after World War II.

In the next room is a touch table that shows all the monuments and memorials around the capitol recording the state’s contribution to the war effort. There are also videos, photos and artifacts detailing Arizona involvement.

A room on the second floor has the “Your Vote, Your Government” exhibit. This offers information about current candidates and ballot measures in the state.

On the other side of the rotunda on the second floor are two rooms called “AZ Takes Shape,” showing how the territory gradually morphed into the State of Arizona. The capitol itself has changed towns several times in its history.

Beyond that is the Governor’s Office, kept in the fashion of the first year of Arizona statehood. On the third floor is the historic Senate Chamber, which can be reserved for special events.

Close to the rotunda on the third floor is a room dedicated to state symbols, including the state flag made of Lego. The various seals of the state are shown in the adjoining room.

Close by are two rooms with exhibits on the state constitution and the history of its progression from territory to statehood. Next to that is the historic House Chamber, restored to look just as it did during the state’s Constitutional Convention.

The museum has a fourth floor made up of galleries for the Senate and House Chambers. Visitors can view events in the chambers from the galleries.

Visit the Museum

The Arizona Capitol Museum is located at 1700 West Washington Street. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 until 4. On Saturday it is open 10 to 2, from September through May. Appropriately, it is closed on state holidays.

The website is http://www.azlibrary.gov/azcm/exhibits. Contact the museum by calling 602-926-3620. There is also a contact form on the website: https://www.azlibrary.gov/contact/Arizona-Capitol-Museum

Before coming, it can help to look at the Plan Your Visit page of the museum website. Guided tours are available for groups with 10 or more, with advance notice.

The museum gift shop offers a range of merchandise that captures the art and architecture of Arizona and the Capitol building. Included are custom-designed jewelry and other goods.

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The Ostrich Festival 2015 in Chandler

The community surrounding The Cays always has some exciting and unique events going on. The Cays community is in close proximity to shopping, dining, and local attractions, as well as annual events like golf events, car shows, and even The Ostrich Festival.


The Ostrich Festival is Chandler’s way of celebrating its early history as a center of ostrich ranching. The 2015 event in Tumbleweed Park was another fun-filled celebration that included ostrich races, shows by name entertainers and family fun.


Carnival rides kept kids and adults entertained. A variety of great fair food was available throughout the grounds.




The Ostrich Festival has been going strong since 1989, attracting more than a quarter of a million people annually to the three-day happening. The ostrich has held an important place in the community for a century.


By 1914 ranches in the Phoenix area were raising more than 6,000 of the large birds. That was 80% of all ostriches in the U.S. at the time. They were raised for their feathers, much in demand for women’s hats and adornment.


With feathers selling for $10 to $300 a pound, ranchers thrived. In fact A.J. Chandler, founder of the town, had over 500 ostriches, one of the biggest flocks.


The market crashed in 1915, due to the war and changing fashions. But ostriches are still big in the town, though mostly it’s their image you find, everything from fiberglass statues to ostrich burgers on the menu of local eateries.


The Ostrich Festival celebrates this colorful, feather-filled past. It a not-to-be-missed three days.


2015 Events


The kickoff was March 7 with a fun run, followed by the Ostrich Parade. The Festival was March 13, 14 and 15.


Events at the 2015 festival included appearances by Lauran Marano from Disney’s Austin and Ally, singer Colt Ford, Alice Cooper with Dash Cooper and COOP.


The Ostrich races were once again a highlight. Ostriches don’t have the most expectable behavior, so riding one is both an art and an unpredictable challenge.


The Texas Thrill Show captivated its audience with daredevil stunts. The Wheel of Destiny aerial and high wire motorcycle act was breathtaking.


The Birdman was back with his eagles, hornbills, cassowary, cockatoos, macaws, parrots and emu. What got the most attention was his condor with its incredible 10-foot wingspan. The Birdman is famous, having appeared with Siegfried and Roy, and David Copperfield, as well on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.


Jason Divad enthralled the crowd with unicycling, juggling, headstands, fire eating and other circus talents.


Great Fun for Everyone


The flight simulator let adults and teens see what it’s like to fly their own plane. It was an instant hit at the Festival.


Shark Encounter let the audience see this amazing fish up close, dispelling the myth they are simply bloody and frightening.


The Rocket Man, Chachi Valencia, stunned watchers as he was shot from a cannon, moving through the air at an amazing 55 mph at a height of 65 feet over a course that was 165 feet long.


Kids Love Ostrich Festival Time!


The Petting Zoo is always a big attraction for families with young kids. The baby calves, pigs, burros, buffaloes, goats and miniature horses are child-size and approachable.


Youngsters and adults had a terrific time jumping on the bungee trampoline. This amazing setup lets a person jump 20 to 26 feet—that’s over two stories high! A person can defy gravity, performing maneuvers you would think impossible.


The Family Game Show of Survivor, a mashup of Gilligan’s Island and Survivor, let contestants go through hilarious immunity challenges. The audience voted for the winner.


Kids enjoyed the Duck Race, using live Mallard ducks on a water track. These fast birds have been showcased on the Tonight Show and in articles in the Wall Street Journal.


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Millennials Are Making This Real Estate Mistake

Millennials have shown a decided disinterest in buying a home. That’s not good news for realtors and home sellers, but it’s worse for the 20- and 30-somethings that continue to rent instead of buy.


What have they got to lose? About $700,000 over a lifetime. Right now 59% say they want to rent instead of buy, according to a survey of 1,300 done by Millennial Branding and Elite Daily. Right now one in four own a home. Three and four decades ago, that figure was one in three for that age group.


The Reasons


Those in the millennial demographic were born between 1982 and the early 2000s. That means the oldest in the group is 33. The main reason those in this group choose not to purchase is they can’t afford it.


Many researchers interpret that to mean they want to put their money into other ventures. They want to keep their options open as long as possible. For example, working while traveling around the world is mentioned as a dream lifestyle.


And a mortgage, even at a low rate, is still a heavy duty investment. Buying a home is a gain in many ways, but it does require focusing on certain life goals.


The other big reason is that they are marrying and having children at later ages. Marriage and family are one of the big triggers for buying a home.


What They Are Missing


According to a vice president of RealtyTrac, it is cheaper to buy than to rent, even after factoring in the cost of insurance and property tax. Mortgage rates are still low, a big incentive because it reduces the overall cost of the investment. And the cost of homes keep going up.


Buying is considered such an essential part of a person’s investment strategy because it lets them own an asset, one they use on a daily basis. The sooner you buy, the sooner it starts appreciating in value, adding to your long-term net worth.


By the Numbers


Here is a look at what it can cost a millennial to rent instead of buy.


If he rents a three-bedroom dwelling, he can expect to pay $1,312 each month. The average increase in rent is 2.7% annually. If he rents for 30 years, he will have paid $717,000.


If he buys a home for $190,000, the median cost in the U.S. today, paying 10% down, it will probably increase in value by 3% a year. That means in 30 years, with a fixed rate mortgage at 4%, he would have an asset worth $373,000. That includes mortgage payments, insurance and tax.


He would have paid a total of $373,00, which means he made $52,000 on the deal. Plus add in the rent he didn’t have to pay for those three decades, which is $717,000. His net profit on the house plus the rent he didn’t pay is about $770,000.


And after the house is paid off, he would live in it without having to pay mortgage payments. That’s the perfect financial setup for entering your retirement years.


More Benefits


Beside the money, other benefits accrue from home ownership. Here’s a look at a few:

  • You get tax advantages by owning a home. The IRS lets you deduct mortgage interest.
  • When you have a fixed rate mortgage, you know how much you’ll be paying each month. When you rent, you are at the mercy of your landlord.
  • Your home is yours, a stabilizing element in your life and that of your family.
  • You can decorate your home the way you want. You have a yard and can landscape it as you please.
  • When you own a home, you acquire roots in the neighborhood. This leads to a greater sense of community and incentive to work for improvement, like better schools and less crime.


Though millennials may be putting off buying a home because they want to keep their options open longer, they are losing time and money in the process. Home prices keep rising. The time to buy is now.


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With these facts in mind, it’s easy to understand why the time to buy a home is now. Luckily, buying a Condo is just as beneficial, as buying a home. The Cays is a real estate investment that will save you money compared to rent, and come with luxury amenities that one could only dream of owning with most homes. Contact the Cays to discover luxury living Home ownership.

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A Look at the Old West: Arizona Railway Museum

Condo owners at The Cays have access to some of the most exciting and interesting opportunities in the valley of Arizona. Our condos are surrounded by a unique and beautiful landscape that offers sun and adventures all year long. Not so long ago, this modern paradise was being forged from the old West, and the major change came on trains.


If you like to look at vintage railway cars, the Arizona Railway Museum is the place to go. It has almost 50 old railway cars on display at its Chandler location. They range from ones built in the late 1800s to relatively modern ones from the mid-1900s.


Many were directly involved in the history and economic development of the state and the Southwest. But the rail buffs who volunteer at the museum have accumulated cars from all over the country, offering an eclectic overview of cars throughout the last century.


The Arizona Railway Museum commemorates the long history of trains in the state, from logging, mining and freight terminals. It houses a number of exhibits, including two railroad cars that are listed in the national Register of Historic Places.



What It Has


The museum building has exhibits and artifacts from earlier times in railroad history as well as a gift shop. The display yard has an extensive collection of almost 50 old railroad cars.


Here is a look at some of its vintage cars:

  • Southern Pacific Railroad Locomotive SP 2562 and Tender 8365, built in 1900. Both are the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The Southern Railway Business Car built in 1897, nicknamed the “Desert Valley.” It was the President’s car on the South Carolina & Georgia Railroad in 1901.
  • The Federal 98 Pullman Private Car built in 1911.
  • Log car built in 1917 for the Southwest forest industry.
  • A refrigerator car built in 1920 for the Santa Fe Railroad.
  • A horse car built in 1937 for the Southern Pacific Transportation Company.
  • A Toronto Transit streetcar built in 1930.
  • A three-compartment tank car built in 1937.
  • A railroad steam wrecking crane and tool car built in 1900. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Union Pacific Diner car, built in 1949 and called “The City of Chandler.”
  • A dome car from the Plaza Taos, built in 1950.
  • The Diablo Canyon coach car built in 1937.



History of Railroads in Arizona


Historians have a saying about this area, “Wealth came to Arizona on rails.” For the last century there has been about 2000 miles of track in the state, which were essential for connecting every sizable city to one another.


The state has a wide variety of terrains. Rail cars had to snake their way over mountains and canyons and through the desert. Railways opened up the land to the copper companies and lumber giants. Without them, Arizona industry wouldn’t have been able to bring in the raw materials it needed, or ship out their goods to the other states for sale.


Tourism has been important since the beginning of the state, due to the presence of two transcontinental railroads that linked it to both coasts.



The People behind It


The museum was started in 1983 as an educational and historical nonprofit organization. The group is dedicated to acquiring, restoring, preserving and displaying equipment, artifacts and rolling stock of railways past and present. The museum relies on membership dues and contributions from the public.


It started out with just a caboose and steam engine. Now it boasts almost 50 cars in various stages of restoration by the volunteer train buffs.



Visit the Museum


The Arizona Railway Museum, a volunteer organization, is open Saturday and Sunday from early September through the middle of May. It is closed during the hot days of summer.


It is located at 330 E. Ryan Road in Chandler. The phone number is 480-821-1108. The website is azrymuseum.org.


The display yard and building are free. Display cars cost $2 a person or $5 for families and groups to view. Group tours are available and must be scheduled in advance. Contact tours@azrymuseum.org.


Parties for kid’s birthdays or other occasions can rent a passenger car. Contact party@azrymuseum.org.


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