Interstate 15 in Arizona is part of Interstate 15 (I-15), a
transcontinental Interstate Highway from San Diego, California, to the
Canadian border. The highway segment passes through Mohave County in
the far northwest corner of the U.S. state of Arizona. Despite its
length of 29.43 miles (47.36 km) and isolation from the rest of the
state in the remote Arizona Strip, it is notable for the scenic section
through the Virgin River Gorge. The highway heads in a northeasterly
direction from the Nevada border northeast of Mesquite, Nevada, to the
Utah border southwest of St. George, Utah. The southern portion of the
routing of I-15 was built close to the alignment of the old U.S. Route
91, but the northern section through the Virgin River Gorge was built
along an alignment that previously had no road. The southern section of
the highway was complete and opened in the early 1960s, while the
section through the gorge did not open to traffic until 1973. When it
opened, the portion of I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge was the most
expensive section of rural Interstate per mile.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Seven Years' War: British forces defeated the French at the Battle of
the Plains of Abraham near Quebec City, New France, though General
James Wolfe was mortally wounded .
War of 1812: Fort McHenry in Baltimore's Inner Harbor was attacked by
British forces during the Battle of Baltimore, later inspiring Francis
Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner," which later became the
national anthem of the United States.
American railroad worker Phineas Gage survived an accident in which a
large iron rod was driven completely through his head and destroyed
areas of his brain's frontal lobes.
South Vietnamese Generals Lam Van Phat and Duong Van Duc staged a coup
attempt after junta leader Nguyen Khanh demoted them.
After rounds of secret negotiations in Norway, PLO leader Yasser Arafat
and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin formally signed the Oslo Peace
The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples, setting out the individual and collective
rights of indigenous peoples, as well as their rights to culture,
identity, language, employment, health, education and other issues.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. To wind or twist in the path of a corkscrew; to move with much
horizontal and vertical shifting.
2. To extract information or consent from someone
Wikiquote quote of the day:
By Jove the stranger and the poor are sent,
And what to those we give, to Jove is lent.