By Antonia Noori Farzan | Phoenix News Times
A couple of weeks ago, Arizona made international news when a British newspaper randomly decided to publish a story about how the Satanic Temple has “adopted” a stretch of Interstate 10 near Casa Grande — an appropriate choice since Casa Grande is pretty much hell. [Note: Rose Law Group Reporter strongly disagrees with New Times’ remark.]
Watching for the roadside sign that the Arizona Department of Transportation has erected in the satanists’ honor is certainly one way to make the drive to Tucson less boring. But that blue-and-white ADOT sign (which is near milepost 194, if you’re wondering) isn’t even the weirdest of its genre. For some reason, Arizona specializes in strange Adopt a Highway sponsorships.
On Interstate 8 outside of Yuma, for instance, you pass “In Memory of Jerry Garcia (1942-1995),” which is often plastered with Deadhead stickers and honors the litter-gathering efforts of the Grateful Dead Club of Yuma. And on the vertiginous drive to Jerome, a sign informs you that the road you’re slowly creeping up has been adopted by Psychedelic Mariachi, even though the band changed its name to Latin Express more than a decade ago.