On Valentine’s Day, 1912, Arizona become the 48th state. Thus, today, Arizona celebrates its centennial anniversary of statehood. In recognition of this anniversary, the Arizona Daily Star has run a series of articles, one of which has caught my eye. “Goldwater’s crystal ball: Fifty years ago, senator penned predictions on Arizona at 100” documents a set of predictions Senator Goldwater made about Arizona’s future, on it’s 100th birthday, in 1962.

The introduction to the article tells us

Barry Goldwater was a U.S. senator in 1962 when he wrote this piece for the Tucson Citizen newspaper. On this centennial day, see for yourself what Arizona’s most famous native son said about growth, the desert, water and more. Notes about how things are today are in bold.

[italics are preserved from the article]

Some of Goldwater’s predictions are eerily accurate. Others ( “Our ties with Mexico will be much…

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