Book Reviews and Notices
Arizona Place Names. By Will C. Barnes. (Tucson, Arizona:
Published by University of Arizona. Vol. VI, No. 1, 1935.
Pp. 503. $0.25.)
This volume is the result of a lifetime of unique search. For
more than thirty years the author sought out stories concerning
Arizona place names. Old-timers, travelers, Indians, Mexicans,
cowboys, sheep herders, and historians gave their versions. It is
an enduring piece of research that embraces within its five hun-
dred-odd pages story after story which sprang from the Arizona
soil, and which carry a tang of healthy earthiness.
Every statement is substantiated by authority. In case of
conflict, an attempt at critical evaluation of the strength of each
source has been made. Thus, it appears that in the derivation
of the word "Arizona" itself, more than a half-dozen origin
names are given. But the version accepted by all modern his-
torians is that it "was named after some springs near Banera,
8 miles south of the border and about 85 miles below Tucson."
These springs are called "Aleh-zon" by the Papago, meaning
Humor springs up here and there. Thus, "Lousy Gulch"
achieved its significant name because in the Eighties one Ben Cole
and his two sons "had a mine here. They worked it during one
winter and all became lousy. So they called it by that name."
Commendation of a high order should be the reward of the
author; in such volumes as this much true history of a region
comes to. light.
WILLIAM R. HOGAN.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101095/. Accessed July 28, 2014.