The Arizona Republican’s ideals about America were reflected in where he lived, and died
Will Simms, Newseum graphics specialist, posts the Arizona Republic’s front page at the Newseum’s front page display on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, the morning after the death of Sen. John McCain. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Like many Arizonans, Sen. John McCain was from somewhere else. But the Grand Canyon State has a way of getting its hooks into you, and that is particularly the case with Yavapai County’s Verde Valley, where McCain died on August 25 at his retreat near Cornville.
It’s a place I have my own complicated relationship with: It’s where I’m from, where I thought I’d left behind years ago and where I return to with greater fondness and attachment as I get older, but not necessarily wiser. (I would like to think McCain would approve of such self-deprecation, being a master practitioner himself.)