Do you know what the word cienega means?

ask-the-marshall.Darrell Johnson

Camp Verde, Arizona

Cienega is a Spanish word meaning marsh. Typically, it’s a depression in a plain where water collects and becomes miry and boggy. There are dozens of cienega place-names in Arizona alone.

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian. His books include Law of the Gun and Never Give A Heifer A Bum Steer.

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Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.