By Tom Herrmann / ADOT Communications
June 3, 1983. I’m not sure why I remember the date, but that was the first time this boy from the Midwest ever saw Arizona.
The introduction took place in Texas Canyon, a rest area east of Benson
. I stepped out of my car – vinyl seats, no air conditioning – and immediately thought I had fallen into a Road Runner cartoon. Big round rocks. Cactus. I’m pretty sure Wile E. Coyote was hiding behind the biggest rock, a string attached to the ACME rocket that would propel it to the road below.
Over the next three hours, driving through Tucson and Casa Grande to reach Chandler, I saw things you can’t find in Ohio. The same happened a month later on a drive through Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon.
Texas Canyon reopened this week
following six months of renovations. It’s just one ADOT rest area of 17 around Arizona
. Hearing the name reminds me that although I had never seen Arizona before that summer afternoon 33 years ago, when I saw Texas Canyon I knew I was home.