The giant North American vinegaroon scorpion, Mastigoproctus giganteus, was first described in 1835 and has been known to live across various habitats in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and central and northern Mexico. And there is a Vinegarroon Road in Arizona. The well-graded road travels south from I-10's Exit 55, past the abandoned Salome Emergency Airfield. Built in the 1930s, the dirt airstrip with two runways set in a cross pattern oriented north/south and east/west was available for early commercial airliners flying between Los Angeles and Phoenix. Closed in 1956, nothing but the hard-packed dirt runways remain. They make decent campsites, though thoughts of a vinegaroon slipping into your sleeping blanket might not make for the most restful night.
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