Papago Saguaro National MonumentClick here to play the story:
Creating the Papago Saguaro National Monument was a big victory for the youngest state. Two years after earning federal recognition as a state, Papago Saguaro became the fourth national monument in Arizona and the first in the Salt River Valley. The area, formerly known as “Cactus Park,” was a well-preserved example of desert living. A Miami, AZ newspaper described Papago Saguaro as a “typical bit of desert as it appeared before the famous Roosevelt Dam stored up the water that has made the desert bloom.” A century after the arguments we heard about in the story, the former national monument has maintained – and even gained – natural, historical, and environmental significance.